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15.4.16

Time to Change the Record for the next generation | theage.com.au: The Royal Commission's 339 recommendations were extensive and included various measures to address the systemic racism within our unjust justice system, as well as broader actions to address Aboriginal disadvantage. It was wide-ranging and even instigated the 1990s reconciliation process. In December of 1991, then prime minister Bob Hawke established the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation on the basis of its final recommendation.

A generation ago. Yet we still have deaths in custody like Julieka Dhu, a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman detained in custody whose call for help was not taken seriously by hospital, police and prison staff. Her crime? Failure to pay a fine. Like Mr Ward who died in the back of an overheated van during a 300km journey to prison (his crime? on remand for alleged driving under the influence); and Mr Lord who was 39 when he died of a heart condition while in police custody. His crime? Driving while disqualified.


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