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Ministerial Summit on Indigenous Deaths in Custody

Category: Event
Date: 4 July 1997
Location:Australia
Summary Information:
On the 4 July 1997 a Ministerial Summit was held between Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for justice, policing, correctional services and Indigenous affairs and representatives of Indigenous communities in order to examine issues relating to the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Detailed Information:
The Summit Communique states: 'In coming to the Ministerial Summit on Indigenous Deaths in Custody, Ministers:
(a) agree that the primary issue of concern is the significant over-representation of Indigenous people at all stages of the criminal justice system and the increase in the rate of Indigenous deaths in custody in some States since the release of the Royal Commission's Final Report'
(b) acknowledge the efforts of all governments, Indigenous peoples and organizations to prevent contact between Indigenous peoples and the criminal justice system;
(c) acknowledge that addressing the underlying issues is fundamental to the achievement of any real, long-term solutions to the issue of Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody; and
(d) recognize that it will take the combined effort of Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and Indigenous peoples and the wider community to effectively address Indigenous over-representation.'
Ministers resolved at the Summit to 'develop strategic plans for the coordination of Commonwealth, State and Territory funding and service delivery for Indigenous programs and services, including working towards the development of multi-lateral agreements between Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and Indigenous peoples and organizations to further develop and deliver programs.'

Related Entries

Agreement
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement
  • Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement: Phase 1
  • Western Australian Aboriginal Justice Agreement
  • Event
  • Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Victorian Statewide Action Plan

  • References

    Report
    Department of Justice, Department of Human Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Tumbukka Regional Council, Binjirru Regional Council, Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (2000) Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement

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