Title QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Database House Hansard
Date 10-09-1996
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 38
Electorate Banks
Page 3913
Party ALP
Question No. 153
Questioner Mr Melham
Responder Dr Wooldridge
System Id chamber/hansardr/1996-09-10/0068


QUESTIONS ON NOTICE - Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

(Question No. 153)


Mr Melham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, upon notice, on 7 May 1996:

(1) How many deaths in custody have occurred in each (a) year and (b) State and Territory since 9 May 1991, when the report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was presented to Parliament.

(2) How many and which of the Royal Commission's recommendations have been adopted by (a) the federal Government and (b) each State and Territory Government and on what dates.


Dr Wooldridge —The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission has provided me with the following information in response to the honourable member's question:

(1) There have been 77 deaths of Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders since the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths was tabled in Federal Parliament on 9 May 1991. The following table provides details of year and jurisdiction:

Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Australia

9 May 1991 to 10 July 1996

by State/Territory

NSWVICQLDWASATASNTACTTotal
1991314311--13
19924131----9
1993422--11-10
199431432-1-14
19958-436-1-22
19963-31--2-9
TOTAL2552011925-77

(2)(a) The Federal Government in its response to the Royal Commission report supported 338 of the 339 recommendations. The only recommendation not supported was No.189 which recommended that the Commonwealth Government give consideration to constituting ATSIC as an employing authority independent of the Australian Public Service.