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19    Indigenous Australians—Incarceration Rates—Justice Targets

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 1126—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that 15 April 2016 marked 25 years since the release of the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991;

    (b)   recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:

                  (i)   are imprisoned at a rate 13 times higher than that of non-Indigenous people, and are estimated to make up 3 per cent of the Australian population, but 27 per cent of the prison population, and

                 (ii)   constituted 14 per cent of the prison population in 1991, but now make up 27 per cent of the prison population;

     (c)   acknowledges that more than 204 Aboriginal people have died in custody since the release of the Royal Commission report;

    (d)   expresses its concern that a quarter of a century later, many of the Royal Commission’s recommendations have not been fully implemented; and

     (e)   calls on the Commonwealth and state and territory governments to:

                  (i)   implement in full the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and

                 (ii)   adopt justice targets in order to close the gap and to change the record on the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.