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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Closing the gap should include justice targets

Date posted: 30 November 2011

The national advocacy organisation Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) has congratulated the Government on its positive response to the recent report about Aboriginal imprisonment, Doing time - time for doing.

ANTaR has also called on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to add justice targets to the national Closing the gap strategy.

The Doing time - time for doing report by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs presents findings from an inquiry into the high levels of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system, and makes recommendations to address the problem.

In a media release this week, ANTaR congratulated the Government for its response to the report.

'By accepting all of the report's recommendations in whole, part, or principle, the Government has shown a willingness to do things differently to spare the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people from a life behind bars,' ANTaR wrote.

'Importantly, the Government's response recognises that reducing imprisonment rates is critical to achieving its health, employment and education Closing the gap targets.'

'Justice targets are the missing piece in the puzzle. For this reason, ANTaR urges COAG leaders to agree to develop justice targets in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders at its first meeting in 2012.'

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Last updated: 30 November 2011
 
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