121210 – Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons: ABC The World Today Audio

* ABC The World Today Audio:
Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons
* The Wire Audio Interview:
Indigenous women prisoners increased this year
* Rachel Browne, SMH: Aboriginal women in jail surge
* ISJA – Melbourne:
Build the movement to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
* ANTaR: Justice Campaign

* Herald Sun: Slavery buried in Qld mass grave: Islanders

* AHRC:
Where do we draw the line between hate speech and free speech?

* ABC THE WORLD TODAY AUDIO:
TWENTY PER CENT INCREASE IN INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN PRISONS

– Audio

ABC The World Today:
Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons
Reporter: Simon Lauder
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3649651.htm
7 Dec 12: “SIMON LAUDER: … The population of women’s
prisons has increased by 48 per cent in the last decade,
and 8.4 per cent in the last year. That’s a rate of growth
more than 20 times faster than for men. That’s concerning
enough, but the reason for that increase is even more
alarming. In the last year there was an increase of 20 per
cent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in
prison. …
SIMON LAUDER: Dr Baldry [Dr Eileen Baldry, a Professor of
Criminology, University of NSW] says prisons are
increasingly being used to lock up women who are
marginalised and traumatised and they should be getting
more help instead.
EILEEN BALDRY: So what we’re doing is we are locking up
people who have disability impairment at very high rates
but this is very obvious amongst Aboriginal women.”

* THE WIRE AUDIO INTERVIEW:
INDIGENOUS WOMEN PRISONERS INCREASED THIS YEAR

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Indigenous women prisoners increased this year
Produced by Eduardo Jordan
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9947
7 Dec 12: “This week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics
released statistics of prisoners in Australia, showing the
number of Indigenous women has increased from last year.
The issue throws concerns on creating policies to address
the issue. The report shows Indigenous women prisoners have
increased up by 20%, compared to an increase of 3% from
non-Indigenous women. Experts have concerns whether a lack
of support for Indigenous women prisoners have. …
Featured in story:
Dr Thalia Anthony
– Senior lecturer of Law from University of Technology Sydney”

* RACHEL BROWNE, SMH: ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN JAIL SURGE

– Analysis / Opinion

SMH: Aboriginal women in jail surge
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/aboriginal-women-in-jail-surge-20121206-2aybw.html
7 Dec 12: “A JUMP in the number of Aboriginal women in
custody has led to a marked increase in the number of women
imprisoned in Australia. A Bureau of Statistics report shows
the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female
prisoners has risen by 20 per cent since June 30 last year,
compared with a 3 per cent rise in non-Aboriginal female
prisoners. Prison policy expert Eileen Baldry, of the
University of NSW, said the increase should be cause for
alarm. “Over the past 15 years the rate of Aboriginal women
in prison has soared,” she said.” By Rachel Browne

* ISJA – MELBOURNE:
BUILD THE MOVEMENT TO STOP ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY

– Advocacy

Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne:
Build the movement to Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
http://www.isja-msg.com/campaigns.htm
“The Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne has
declared 2012 a year of escalated action to stop Aboriginal
deaths in custody. This is urgently needed!
In a shocking start to the year, Terrance Daniel Briscoe
was arrested for public drunkenness and taken into “care”
on 5 January by police in Alice Springs. Shortly
afterwards, the 28-year-old was dead – allegedly the result
of a heart attack. However, two men who were also arrested
at the same time tell a very different story describing how
they witnessed four male and one female cop bashing
Terrance.
The year will also mark the 25th anniversary of the
formation of a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in
Custody. … ”

See:

Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne:
Who we are and what we stand for
http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm

* ANTaR: JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

– Advocacy

ANTaR – Campaigning for the rights of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:
Justice Campaign
http://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign
Why do we need change?
“Australia’s First People’s are dramatically
over-represented in prison statistics. Although Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only about
2.5 per cent of the Australian population, they make up
26 per cent of the total prison population. This is an
imprisonment rate 14 times higher than the non-Indigenous
rate.
ANTaR is campaigning to change this unacceptable situation.
Significant campaign activity has been instigated around
the release of ‘Doing Time – A Time for Doing : Indigenous
youth in the criminal justice system’; the Standing
Committee of Attorneys General recommedation that specific
COAG targets be set; and the 20th anniversary of the Royal
Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Our campaign goals are to reduce the over-representation of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in prison and
to end Aboriginal deaths in custody. … ”

– Related Audio

ABC The World Today:
Twenty per cent increase in Indigenous women in prisons
Reporter: Simon Lauder
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3649651.htm
7 Dec 12: “JACQUELINE PHILLIPS: One of the things that we
have been lobbying for are targets to reduce Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander imprisonment at the federal level as
part of the Closing the Gap targets which we have as I said
on health, education, employment. We’ve been lobbying COAG
(Council of Australian Governments) for these targets now
for about 12 months. COAG meeting today and yet again those
targets are not on the agenda for discussion and I think
with the statistics coming out this week, the 20 per cent
growth in the Aboriginal women population in the last year,
it really highlights a failure and a blindness by COAG on
this really fundamental and urgent issue.
EMILY BOURKE: That’s Jacqueline Phillips from Australians
for Native Title and Reconciliation, speaking to Simon
Lauder.”

See:

ANTaR Statement of Purpose
http://antar.org.au/about/purpose

* HERALD SUN: SLAVERY BURIED IN QLD MASS GRAVE: ISLANDERS

– News

Herald Sun: Slavery buried in Qld mass grave:Islanders
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/slavery-buried-in-qld-mass-graveislanders/story-e6frf7kf-1226532367679
7 Dec 12: “HIDDEN under an old cane plantation outside the
Queensland sugar city of Bundaberg lies an awful secret.
Beyond the weeping fig trees the bodies of 29 South Sea
Islanders are buried in an unmarked grave. Local Islander
leader Matthew Nagas says they could be his ancestors. And
he believes they were probably worked to death “like pieces
of machinery”. “If they weren’t working anymore, you just
pushed them aside and covered them with dirt,” Mr Nagas
told AAP.” By Marty Silk

– Related News

Courier-Mail:
Slavery link in mass grave uncovered at old sugar cane
plantation outside Bundaberg
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/slavery-link-in-mass-grave/story-e6freoof-1226531552585
7 Dec 12: “A MASS grave uncovered outside Bundaberg earlier
this week is an historically significant find that shines
further light on a dark period of alleged slavery in 19th
century Queensland. Bundaberg Regional Council has
confirmed ground radar technology identified 29 unmarked
graves of South Sea Islanders on an old sugar cane
plantation just east of Bundaberg yesterday morning. The
graves are in rows of 13, 10 and six, with one child buried
among 28 adults.” By Michael Madigan

Courier-Mail: Farm graves central to sugar slave story
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/farm-graves-central-to-sugar-slave-story/story-e6freoof-1226527022565
30 Nov 12: “SUGAR slaves brought to Queensland to cut cane
more than a century ago might finally rest in peace on a
farm outside Bundaberg. The state’s sugar industry was
built on the backs of 62,000 South Sea Islanders shipped in
as cheap labour from 1863 to 1904. Their contribution has
largely been forgotten and many lie in unmarked graves
along Queensland’s east coast because they were not allowed
to be buried in town cemeteries until the 1940s.”
By Kristin Shorten

* AHRC:
WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN HATE SPEECH AND FREE SPEECH?

– Media Release

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Where do we draw the line between hate speech and free speech?
http://humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2012/111_12.html
6 Dec 12: “Where do we draw the line between hate speech and
free speech? Jurist, author and renowned public speaker Hon.
James Spigelman AC QC will tackle this topical debate in his
keynote speech at the Human Rights Awards on Monday December
10.
The Eatock v Bolt case under the Racial Discrimination Act
1975 and the recent ‘Aboriginal memes’ Facebook page have
prompted much debate about the balance between freedom of
speech and freedom from racial hatred and vilification.
Have we got the balance right?”

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