A-Gs focus on Indigenous rights
News | 10 August 2009 | The New Lawyer
This is what the nation's Attorneys General got up to in Alice Springs on 6 and 7 August.
Richard Ackland writes on his site, "here is what the nation's Attorneys General got up to in Alice Springs" on 6 and 7 August.
Reform to indigenous justice was the chief concern of the various first legal officers of the country, who vowed to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. The Ministers worked to frame their role in fostering safer Indigenous communities.
Ministers would attend a roundtable hosted by the Commonwealth, inviting attorneys-general, police ministers and commissioners, as well as Indigenous Affairs Ministers and other Indigenous representatives.
The roundtable would consider strategies for policing in remote communities, as well as options for community engagement and governance. It would consider measures such as domestic violence legal outreach services in remote Indigenous communities, to support women and children in relation to reporting.
SCAG said this measures would provide a strong foundation for improving Indigenous community safety, which it claimed would lead to reduced levels of contact between Indigenous people and the criminal justice system.