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SA government criticised for ignoring advisory commission's recommendations on raising age of criminal responsibility
The South Australian government's consideration in raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 has drawn criticism...
Dechlan Brennan 24 Jan 2024
Footage from 2022 Banksia Hill riot shows "outrageous child abuse", says Amnesty International
Footage from 2022 of Banksia Hill riot squad using force on a 16-year-old boy has been released, highlighting yet another "unacc...
Giovanni Torre 3 Jan 2024
SA Government must vote to stop children being held in adult watchhouses - advocates
The South Australian government has been urged to ‘walk the talk’ on its commitment to closing the gap, by taking an important s...
Giovanni Torre 15 Nov 2023
Bail offences for young people skyrocket in Queensland
Information obtained by the National Indigenous Times has thrown light on the extent children are being charged by Queensland po...
Dechlan Brennan 14 Nov 2023
17-year-old in WA's notorious Unit 18 hospitalised after another self-harm incident
A teenager held in Western Australia's notorious Unit 18 youth detention facility was taken to hospital Friday after being found...
Giovanni Torre 11 Nov 2023
Grants open for community justice reinvestment initiatives

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities are invited to apply for local justice reinvestment initiatives under the federal government’s National Justice Reinvestment Progr...

Giovanni Torre Sep 15, 2023
NT Supreme Court awards nearly $1 million to Indigenous former Don Dale inmates tear gassed in 2014

The Northern Territory Supreme Court has awarded nearly $1million in damages to four Indigenous former inmates of the notorious Don Dale youth detention centre over an unlawful tea...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 7, 2023
Jesuit Social Services urge Victorian government to go further with criminal responsibility reform

The Victorian government’s announcement that it will raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years now and to 14 within four years is "at odds with the evidence about childr...

Giovanni Torre Apr 27, 2023
Union raises alarm after another serious disturbance at Unit 18

The CPSU/CSA said it has "serious concerns" following another incident at Casuarina prison's Unit 18 on Wednesday afternoon.Unit 18 is a stand alone unit accommodating children tra...

Giovanni Torre Apr 20, 2023
Human rights advocates sound alarm as Queensland passes "dangerous" youth justice changes

The Queensland government’s controversial youth crime laws which passed the state’s parliament last week have been criticised by legal and human rights groups as “disappointing” an...

Dechlan Brennan Mar 20, 2023
Protestors target WA Premier's office over failure of youth justice system

Protestors gathered outside the electoral office of WA Premier Mark McGowan on Friday to call for youth justice reforms.The action was called by community group Break the Cycle.Gro...

Rhiannon Clarke Mar 17, 2023
Advocates mark International Women's Day with call for solidarity against Queensland bail "reforms"

Indigenous and other justice advocates have called on all women to stand together this International Women’s Day and demand an end to the mass incarceration of women and girls in A...

Dechlan Brennan Mar 8, 2023
NSW Greens vow to raise the age of criminal responsibilty

The New South Wales Greens have announced plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 and to stop children under the age of 16 going to prison.  On Friday, ahead of ne...

Jarred Cross Feb 25, 2023
Amnesty International urges Queensland government to drop plan to criminally charge children for bail breaches

Amnesty International Australia has called on the Queensland government to put children’s rights first and drop proposed legislation to detain children who breach bail, contrary to...

Giovanni Torre Feb 24, 2023
Songs For Freedom album and concert tour urges an end to incarceration of Indigenous youth

Leading arts and social change organisation Big hART and The Freedom Collective launched a new album, Songs for Freedom, on Friday, featuring music by Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi art...

Rhiannon Clarke Feb 19, 2023
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service's "Strong Voice" for children making a difference

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service’s ‘Balit Ngulu’ is a program that aims to provide holistic support for Aboriginal young people caught in the justice system. Named after the...

Giovanni Torre Feb 2, 2023
Closing The Justice Gap - Indigenous legal peak body sets out plan of action

There are many practical steps governments across Australia can take to reduce the over-incarceration of Indigenous people and deaths in custody, the head of the national Indigenou...

Giovanni Torre Jan 26, 2023
Banksia Hill tensions erupt into riot

Children detained at Western Australia’s notorious Banksia Hill Detention Centre lit a fire and climbed on to the roof and fences at the facility on New Year’s Eve. Specialist pol...

Giovanni Torre Jan 1, 2023
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