ALA condemns government failure to act on ATSI justice report

1st Apr 2019

The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has joined with other professional legal bodies to condemn the government’s failure to act on the ‘Pathways to Justice’ report released one year ago by the Australian Law Reform Commission.

“The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prisons is a national tragedy,” said Ms Noor Blumer, National President, ALA. “The government initiated this inquiry in 2016 but has failed to respond to the findings at all.”

The report recommends that the federal government establish a national justice reinvestment body, support justice reinvestment trials around the country, and develop national criminal justice targets.

“The report provided sensible and achievable plans to help build the safer and stronger communities that we all want,” said Ms Blumer. “The government’s lack of action is very disappointing. It is particularly devastating for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that contributed to the report in good faith, believing that their input would make a difference.”

“The government must show leadership and urgently address the recommendations of the report.”

Tags: Access to justice Indigenous rights