UTSpeaks: Fatal Injustice

Why are Indigenous Australians still dying in custody?
Photo by Max Riethmuller, Flickr

Photo by Max Riethmuller, Flickr

5 April 2016
6:00 PM

The Great Hall

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Twenty-five years on, only 30 of 300 or more recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody have been achieved. And the deaths continue.

With Indigenous Australians now 28 times more likely to be incarcerated compared with others, what is stopping our justice system from implementing reforms that will save lives? As a community, what must we know and what responsibilities can we take on in calling on police, government and the judiciary to halt the rise in incarcerations and end the senseless deaths of Indigenous Australians in custody?

Drawing on ground-breaking UTS research, controversial legal cases and community campaigning, this public lecture and forum in partnership with Amnesty International provides a sobering look at the realities of Indigenous incarceration today. It outlines the challenges facing researchers and reformers working at the coal-face to bring essential change to policing, judicial culture and an endemic criminalisation of Indigenous youth.

Dr Thalia Anthony, UTS Faculty of Law
An expert in criminal law and procedure and Indigenous people and the law, Thalia Anthony’s research has influenced policy development and public debate regarding remedies for wrongs inflicted on Indigenous peoples. Her work has been utilised in senate committee reports, parlipamentary debate, policy announcements and law reform committee reports. She has contributed to High Court cases, the work of United Nations committees, conducted research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and appeared before parliamentary inquiries on Indigenous redress.

Craig Longman, UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Craig Longman is a Senior Researcher and Deputy Director of Jumbunna IHL (Research) and a solicitor in NSW. He has acted in numerous high-profile cases on behalf of Aboriginal clients, including the defence of Palm Island man Lex Wotton to charges of riot and the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. He is a contributor to Tracker magazine and The Conversation and produces radio 2SER program The Thin Black Line.

Roxanne Moore, Amnesty International
Human rights lawyer Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman from Western Australia and Indigenous rights campaigner with Amnesty International. Previously she worked for the Australian Human Rights Commission, was a Principal Associate to the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC QC; worked as a commercial litigator and has international experience with UNHCR Jordan and New York University’s Global Justice Clinic. Roxanne studied law at the University of WA, and completed an LLM (International Legal Studies) at NYU as a 2013 Fulbright Western Australian Scholar specialising in human rights law.

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