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Change The Record: Ending Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Friday 5th June / presented by Taylah Strano

PIC: Jim Hall

In the U.S frustrations over police brutality and the death of an African American man while in police custody have taken centre stage at the beginning of June.

While the Black Lives Matter campaign makes it way across everyone’s screens & conversations, many have taken the opportunity to reflect on the treatment of Aboriginal Australians back home. This includes the huge discrepancy in the number of deaths in custody, including an alarming statistic post-a Royal Commission Inquiry into the issue.

Change The Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. Breakfast with Taylah spoke with National Co-Chair and Narungga woman Cherly Axleby - to get her take on what’s been happening this week.

Change The Record, along with several other groups, have endorsed the following five recommendations to be implemented by the Federal Government:

  1. End the mass imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by repealing punitive bail laws; mandatory sentencing laws; and decriminalising public drunkenness.
  2. Stop imprisoning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and raise the age of legal responsibility from 10 to at least 14 years.
  3. End racist policing and require police accountability by ending the practice of police investigating police, and legislating for independent investigations of deaths in custody and resourcing independent police oversight bodies.
  4. Implement all recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the countless independent investigations, coronial inquests and reports that have been published in the three decades since.
  5. End the abuse, torture and solitary confinement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police and prison cells through legislative safeguards and by urgently establishing independent bodies to oversee the conditions of detention and treatment of people; in accordance with our obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

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