January 2013

Join our supporters. Become a

In the News - January 2013


Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine

Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine   Emily Bourke reported this story on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:18:00 ABC The World Today  Transcript: SAMANTHA DONOVAN: One of Australia's most prominent Indigenous leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. Warren Mundine says Aboriginal youths are being jailed at double the rate of a decade ago.He says going to jail is now a culturally acceptable rite of passage for young Aboriginal men and boys.And he's accused state and federal governments of creating a so-called Indigenous prison industry.Emily Bourke reports.EMILY BOURKE: National and state statistics show that Indigenous youths are being locked up at an alarming rate and getting... More...

11 January @ 10:09

Indigenous leader urges action on jail 'time bomb'

Indigenous leader urges action on jail 'time bomb' By Emily Bourke Updated January 09, 2013 17:04:11 One of Australia's most prominent Indigenous leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. National and state statistics show Indigenous youths are being locked up at an alarming rate. Warren Mundine says the incarceration rates have doubled in the past decade.  ... More...

11 January @ 10:07

Work key to justice crisis

Work key to justice crisis By:
Warren Mundine From:
The Australian January 09, 2013 12:00AM   IN classrooms and in jobs, that is where our Aboriginal youth belong. Recent reporting about Aboriginal youth being sentenced for stealing hamburger buns sounds ridiculous. But an urgent review of the sentencing laws is not the answer. Reviewing the sentencing of Aboriginal kids compared with non-Aboriginal kids will no doubt reveal interesting facts and some discrepancies. But that is not going to stop our youth from ending up in front of a magistrate in the first place. The rates of Aboriginal kids in prison is a time bomb. It has become the culture. Going to jail has become a manhood ceremony. And governments have created a system that creates jobs and employment that feed off t... More...

09 January @ 10:03

‘Prison industry' traps Aboriginal children

  ‘Prison industry' traps Aboriginal children By: Natasha Robinson and Patricia Karvelas From:
The Australian January 09, 2013 12:00AM   GOVERNMENTS have been accused of creating an "indigenous prison industry" focused on creating culturally appropriate jails for Aborigines who see crime and incarceration as a rite of manhood. Indigenous leader Warren Mundine has called for an urgent national summit on the gross Aboriginal over-representation in jails, particularly among children.  ... More...

09 January @ 10:00