Reviewing the role of prisons

While concerns are being expressed about the plight of most Australians being adversely affected by the developing world-wide recession, the fate of 25,000 ‘out-of-sight’ citizens incarcerated in our jails should not be ‘out- of- our- minds”‘. Of special…

Respect rights of all

It comes as no surprise that Civil Liberties Australia has given the Government an “inconsistent” assessment on its human rights performance (“Rudd Labor ‘inconsistent’ on human rights: report”, Canberra Times, October 4, p8).

Last week, in its respon…

All Australians are not equal. The 500,000-plus citizens of the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory are discrimated against under the Australian Constitution and by laws of the Australian Parliament, contrary to international human ri…

The tragedy of on-going abuse

We don’t arrest them; we release them, only to offend again.
We don’t move them to safety; we return them to the scene of their abuse, and those violated are violated again, before becoming violators themselves, unpunished.

And those abused learn to…