Newsletter date: 16 January 2013
* NITV News: Fears SA laws will cause higher Aboriginal incarceration rates
* CAAMA: Mundine calls for national summit to tackle incarceration rates
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody
* Tracker: Qld child protection inquiry resumes
* NIRS: Indigenous medical expert appointed as Royal Commissioner
* Other articles
* NITV NEWS: FEARS SA LAWS WILL CAUSE HIGHER ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES
SBS World News: Fears SA laws will cause higher Aboriginal incarceration rates
Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV News
14 Jan 13: "While the rate of Indigenous incarceration is on the rise across Australia, South Australian community leaders are calling for a rethink on a new bill which could see more people going to jail for not paying fines, NITV News reports. ... The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement says it's concerned the State's proposed 'Penalty Enforcement Bill' could see people jailed for not meeting unpaid fines. Legal Aid's Lawyer Christopher Charles says current legislation allows the magistrate to consider incidents case by case. But he says under the new laws, discretionary powers and other provisions that allow people to perform community service to pay off their debt will be removed."
* CAAMA: MUNDINE CALLS FOR NATIONAL SUMMIT TO TACKLE INCARCERATION RATES
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Mundine calls for national summit to tackle incarceration rates.
14 Jan 13: "Warren Mundine, prominent Australian Aboriginal leader is calling for a national summit to tackle the alarming rates of Indigenous incarceration. GenerationOne head, Warren Mundine, told reporters from the ABC that the rising incarceration levels for Aboriginal youth is a ticking time bomb for both the Aborignal community and the wider Australian community. Mr Mundine told reporters the Aboriginal population makes up 2 to 3 per cent of the Australian population… and yet it is over 53 per cent of the juvenile justice and prison rates."
WGAR News: ABC: Indigenous leader urges action on jail 'time bomb' [call for a national summit] (12 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/11/wgar-news-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-...
"The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an association regulated under the Incorporations Act, and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples."
* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:
Last updated: 12 January 2013
* TRACKER: QLD CHILD PROTECTION INQUIRY RESUMES
newsTracker: Qld child protection inquiry resumes
14 Jan 13: "QUEENSLAND: Queensland’s child protection inquiry will examine the over-representation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the state’s child protection system this week. ... The Brisbane hearing has called on nine witnesses, including Indigenous elders, parents, academics and representatives from service and legal providers, to give evidence. Witnesses have already told the inquiry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are nine times more likely than other children to be subject to a protection order or an out of home care order in Queensland."
Event: 14, 15 and 16 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Show your support at the
Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
"Please come and support key Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander child and family advocates
calling for proficient Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander child protection framework with greater
responsibility, accountability and authority
held by the community."
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/show-your-support-at-the-queensland-child...
"Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation."
* NIRS: INDIGENOUS MEDICAL EXPERT APPOINTED AS ROYAL COMMISSIONER
National Indigenous Radio Service: Indigenous medical expert appointed as Royal Commissioner
14 Jan 13: "The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced Professor Helen Milroy as a Royal Commissioner into child sexual abuse in Australian institutions. Professor Milroy is currently the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia. "Professor Helen Milroy [...] is a consultant psychiatrist with extensive experience in child and adolescent health, including the mental health impacts of child sexual assault," said Ms. Gillard. The experienced Aboriginal health profession and Palkyu woman ... "
Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: "THE Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family from the Pilbara region, Australia's first Aboriginal doctor, first Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal child and adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy Kimpton said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role and would 'add critical understandings to shape the Royal Commission's deliberations and recommendations to government'."
WGAR News: Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens (SBS World News Video & newsTracker) (15 Jan 13)
WGAR News: SNAICC News: Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (8 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-ab...
WGAR News: SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discriminate-...
WGAR News: The Wire: Call for indigenous commissioners to head up abuse investigation [Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng] (22 Nov 12)
About the National Indigenous Radio Service
"The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national service provided from a hub station residing in Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media organisations that don't have the staffing or capital requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to their audience."
* OTHER ARTICLES:
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
15 Jan 13: "Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has announced that his Government would give ongoing funding for a new legal service to assist aboriginal families in the fight against violence and sexual assault."
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