committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government adequately support legal
assistance services, and that specifically funding should focus on:
- community legal
education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
- outreach workers to
assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and
- interpreters for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in both civil and criminal matters
to ensure that they receive effective legal assistance.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government take all necessary steps
in the development and implementation of a plan for the collection of
consistent national data on all aspects of Indigenous incarceration placed on
the agenda for the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments Law,
Crime and Community Safety Council.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government, prior to the next
Council of Australian Governments meeting, explicitly state the measures it is
putting in place to assist states and territories to develop, implement and
meet Indigenous justice targets.
committee recommends that the Department of Health prepare a communication plan
for those working in areas such as the criminal justice field, to accompany the
release of the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Diagnostic
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government, through the Council of
Australian Governments, work with states and territories, to develop and
implement guidelines for the appropriate management of offenders diagnosed with
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government continue to fund
initiatives which promote the National Health and Medical Research Council's
guidelines that for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or
breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government contribute to the
development of justice reinvestment trials at sites in each state and
committee recommends that much greater attention is given to Aboriginal led,
managed and implemented justice reinvestment programs such as the Bourke
Project and Yirriman, and that the Commonwealth Government support Aboriginal
led justice reinvestment projects.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government work with the states and
territories in supporting programs which strengthen families and communities
through a focus on early intervention and support.
committee recommends that administrative responsibility for Family Violence
Prevention Legal Services be returned to the Attorney-General’s Department.
committee recommends that the Council of Australian Governments task the Council
of Australian Governments Law, Crime and Community Safety Council to review
state laws such as mandatory sentencing which have a disproportionate effect on
Indigenous Australians in order to quantify the effects and report to the
Council of Australian Governments.
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