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Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems  #JustJustice

Calling for national action on discriminatory, unfair laws and systems #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 21, 2015

In a recent article for the #JustJustice project, Darren Parker, a Ngunawal man and Phd candidate at Melbourne Law School, wrote about experiencing racism and violence within his family as a young boy. The article highlighted the importance of the social and cultural determinants of health in any discussion about the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres […]

“Why aren’t I in prison?” … Some questions about white privilege  #JustJustice

“Why aren’t I in prison?” … Some questions about white privilege #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 19, 2015 2 Comments

Public health concerns like white privilege and racism were on the agenda at the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network conference in Townsville last week (see more details in this previous post). These are also critical issues to address in efforts to reduce the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In his contribution […]

The Health Wrap: The Vegemite news spread; On your bike (sans helmet); a chronic problem; funding medical research and teens’ troubling mental health.

Kellie Bisset August 17, 2015

                  This week’s Health Wrap is compiled by my colleague Megan Howe, the Sax Institute’s Publications Manager. Enjoy the Wrap and tweet us via @medicalmedia or @meghowe68 if you have any ideas for future issues. By Megan Howe The Vegemite news spread The use and abuse of […]

NT Coroner calls for repeal of “paperless arrest” laws      #JustJustice

NT Coroner calls for repeal of “paperless arrest” laws #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 14, 2015

The findings of an inquest in the Northern Territory into the death of a senior Walpiri man are important reading for those working in the health and justice sectors, highlighting the need for law reform. **** Mark Skulley writes: The Northern Territory Coroner has denounced the so-called “paperless arrest” laws, and called for them to […]

“Listen to Us”: This report deserves a wide readership    #JustJustice

“Listen to Us”: This report deserves a wide readership #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 13, 2015 1 Comment

Summer May Finlay writes: Western Australia is often in the headlines for policies that are harmful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, most recently for hurtful comments by the Western Australian Chief Justice. But the State also recently produced a fantastic report: “Listen to Us: Using the views of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

Melissa Sweet August 10, 2015

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion’s foray into Vegemite-based policy has won global headlines for a suggestion that the product should be restricted in some remote communities to stop moonshine production – even Time Australia inhaled.  But the weight of opinion – including from public health experts, police, and scientists – seems to suggest the recommendation should be, uhm, toast… […]

Western Australia: wake up to yourself      #JustJustice

Western Australia: wake up to yourself #JustJustice

Melissa Sweet August 5, 2015

Comments by the Chief Justice of Western Australia and associated media reports reveal a simplistic, unhelpful view of the complex factors contributing to the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people, according to public health practitioner Summer May Finlay. Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, a member of the #JustJustice team, and a PhD candidate, suggests that, rather than […]

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities:  #JustJustice  #ALPconf2015  #ChangeTheRecord

Calling for justice reinvestment and safer communities: #JustJustice #ALPconf2015 #ChangeTheRecord

Melissa Sweet July 24, 2015

The need to address the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will feature at the ALP National Conference in Melbourne over the weekend. Tomorrow (Saturday), the National Justice Coalition and ANTaR will hold a panel discussion with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts about a national approach to address incarceration rates and […]

#JustJustice: Let’s work together to Change the Record on Indigenous prison, violence rates

#JustJustice: Let’s work together to Change the Record on Indigenous prison, violence rates

Marie McInerney July 20, 2015

‘Smarter justice, safer communities’ is the headline objective for the Change the Record campaign, launched earlier this year by the National Justice Coalition, a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations. In this article below, published as part of Croakey’s #JustJustice series, the Coalition’s Shane Duffy & Kirstie Parker […]

The Health Wrap: Reclaiming #auspol; violence, inequity, resilience and love; defining research

Kellie Bisset July 19, 2015

              By Kellie Bisset Reclaiming the policy debate Will the national reform summit, planned for next month by peak bodies in the welfare, ageing, business and union sectors, kick Australia’s policy debate into a more sensible sphere? Many would be hoping so and the process will at the very […]