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Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions

As elections loom in Victoria and New South Wales, their governments' focus on tough law-and-order policies and prison populations are beyond capacity, but reports state that the crime statistics in these states are falling. A lot of people will shrug their shoulders and wonder what the fuss is about. People who commit crimes go to prison and this makes the community safer. What they fail to consider is the very real downside: a bigger drain on the public purse and a bad social outcome. [node:read-more:link]

At least four Police will stand trial over the Ballina cell block bashing of a First Nations man in custody on false charges

Corey Barker, Bashed by Ballina Police

In a situation where there is just too much raw evidence against the Police who brutally pack attacked a man in the Ballina lock-up, there has finally been some charges laid against 4 police officers, but the issue has the massive task of getting past the pro-establishment court system, that is well known for watering down abuses against our First Nations people.
All four entered not guilty pleas and waived their right to a committal hearing and two more are due to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court. [node:read-more:link]

Ghillar Michael Anderson with Shane Mortimer on Sovereign Voices Radio

Wadjemup (Rottnest Island): the internment camp turned favourite holiday destination, without debate

Rottnest - The Prison from Hell

It takes a unique country to name a century-long former internment camp as its favourite holiday destination. Such a country would either have to be one with rather macabre fascinations or a genuine interest in acknowledging historical injustices as a way of moving towards a better future. Or it could just be Australia.

The hundreds of Aboriginal men buried in unmarked graves probably aren’t an island drawcard for most tourists. [node:read-more:link]

Twiggy's reforms are 'Cruel, Harsh and Inhumane': National Welfare Rights Network

Andrew Forrest left with Warren Mundine and Tony Abbott

In a submission to the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review, headed by billionaire mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, the National Welfare Rights Network has argued many of Forrest’s recommendations would have devastating impacts and do little to improve employment outcomes for Indigenous people.

A central recommendation is the creation of a “Healthy Welfare Card” - article by Max Chalmers, 'New Matilda'. [node:read-more:link]

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