On 30 June last year there were more than 9,000 Indigenous prisoners in Australia and 7,100 of them had been in prison before.15 Don Weatherburn shows why it is quite critical to understand that – as a statistical matter – the higher rate at which Aboriginal people first arrive in prison is much less significant than rate at which they come back to it. Bob Debus, August 2016
“Bad Law of the Week” will be an (ir)regular feature looking at my choice – or your nominations – of legal measures that are but should no longer be on the statute books. I can think of a half-dozen candidates off the top of my head. I’m sure that readers will be able to supply […]
This is the third and final part in Colin McDonald QC’s thoughts (and perhaps confessions…) on his life at the Bar. Here he talks about some of the characters and colleagues with whom he shared his professional life in the Northern Territory – in particular during his days at William Forster Chambers, the pre-eminent barristers […]
Most of the people working for the intervention are Kardia (non-Aboriginal) - there is not much work for Yapa from the Intervention – most of those jobs go to Kardia people. When they come in with all their flash new cars, flash Toyotas, that makes us feel down. What the Yapa are thinking is that all the Kardia are "moneyfaces" (that they only care about money). And some people think like it was a hundred years ago and is still happening now.
There are some days that you’d prefer to be digging a ditch than to be a public servant. Particularly if you were one of the members of Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin’s FaHCSIA staff that turned up to the New South Wales Parliament House on the last Thursday of January to face a grilling […]