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Services and support for Western Sydney Indigenous Youth

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Campaign Media Release

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus

Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland


Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland today announced funding of $474,000 for the Daramu Program for Indigenous Youth in the Greater Western Sydney area.

“Marist Youth Care will use this funding to help many Indigenous young people and their families by improving safety and reducing incarceration,” said Mr Dreyfus.

“We must also continue to work towards addressing the underlying disadvantage which is at the heart of over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the justice system.”

Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland said the Marist Youth Care’s Daramu Program for Indigenous Youth will provide case management to Indigenous youth who have had, or are at risk of having, adverse contact with the criminal justice system, to reduce their chances of offending or re-offending.

“The funding is already included in the budget and is part of the Rudd Labor Government’s Indigenous Justice Program. It is a significant boost for Indigenous justice services in Blacktown and enables Marist Youth Care to make a real difference to the lives of Indigenous young people, their families and the community.

“Coalition candidate Jayme Diaz needs to say if he supports this important initiative or whether it will be scrapped as the Liberal Party targets $70 billion worth of cuts to the budget.”

Mr Dreyfus said Federal Labor is spending more than $120 million on targeted legal assistance for Indigenous Australians on prevention and diversion programs for those at risk of offending, and on projects designed to reduce rates of re-offending.


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