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STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS - 04/02/2010 - Involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system
STANDING COMMITTEE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS
House of Representatives committee
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system
Final

CHAIR (Mr Debus) —Welcome. I declare open this public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs inquiry into the high level of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system. I acknowledge the Ngunawal and Ngambari people, the traditional custodians of this land, pay respect to elders past and present and also acknowledge the present Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who reside in this area.

I observe that these meetings formal proceedings of parliament, so everything said should be factual and honest. It can be considered a serious matter to attempt to mislead the committee. I invite witnesses to make comments that will assist us in our inquiry into the involvement of Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. The hearing is open to the public and a transcript of what is said will be placed on our website.

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