Daily Archives: June 16, 2011
The figures for Aboriginal incarceration should make your skin crawl, at least they would if they were more widely reported. Hiding behind the brick walls and razor wire is one of Australia’s biggest social issues. Yet it is for this very reason of it being hidden that the issue is not addressed and the over imprisonment of Aboriginal people in Australia is essentially a non-issue for politicians and the general public.
For indigenous men, the rate of imprisonment increased by 27 per cent in the years between 2000 and 2008, and for women, by more than 40 per cent. Indigenous adults are now 13 times more likely than non-indigenous adults to be sent to gaol, and they’re much more likely to re-offend.
These figures leave us with only two possible conclusions. 1. That Aboriginal people, by nature are more likely to be offenders. Or 2. Us, we, society, Australia has failed Aboriginal people to the point that imprisonment is/has become the default policy.
To accept the first notion is the sort of racist intolerance and ignorance that is still to this day, sadly peddled by many a person around the nation. The fact of the matter is the answer lies with No. 2 and we must do more to end this crisis. A whole generation of Aboriginal Australian’s are getting their education behind bars and living a life were they do not belong. This is a cycle we must break!
GLEN DOOLEY, ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID: Aboriginal people created a whole alternative society within prison. I mean, that’s where you go to meet half your family, particularly if you’re a male. So this is not the stuff of deterrence, it’s simply using prison as a dumping ground for people in the too hard basket.
In Australia it should be unacceptable to have a too hard basket, we can break this cycle, we can empower and be empowered. But first, as with all problems, we must admit we have a problem.
I’m Australia, I have a problem…, I imprison those who need my collective help, not my punishment.
The idea that there is a solution to Australia’s migration issues to be found in Malaysia is simply a lie.
Just how absurd the Government’s “Malaysian Solution” is was highlighted today when both houses of parliament voted the policy down. And while this holds no actual binding obligation on the current Government it does show any move to introduce such a policy would be undemocratic at the least.
As for the humanity of it all…
… it’s inhumane and illegal. The fact that any human being has the right to seek asylum in any nation is a universal fact and a binding law on any nation that is a party to the UN refugee convention. Australia is, Malaysia is not. The convention also affords refugees the rights to proper housing, does the above picture look like a home you would accept for anyone you know?
The reality is Australian shores see the arrival of very few refugees in the global context, many European nations such as Italy see the arrival of 10 times the number, yet manage to handle the issue (if not well) to a much higher standard than Australia. We have allowed an issue of Human rights to become a political football. Such a vast, wealthy nation, should be able to handle the arrival of a few thousand people a year in a much more respectable, humane and orderly fashion. But for political point scoring only, we are treating our fellow human beings worse than animals. This is unacceptable!
The immigration Minister recently confirmed that unaccompanied minors would be sent to Malaysia under the planned deal. We know that young women are sold into sexual slavery in Malaysia, many of them refugees. Is it ok for our government to send a young girl to Malaysia knowing this? Of course it isn’t.
Contact your local MP, voice your concern and demand justice. They work for us. http://www.Aph.gov.au