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Petition: Premier, don't turn your back on Closing the Gap

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Dear Premier Minns,

Don't turn your back on Closing the Gap.

Throwing more children in jail will make crime worse in regional communities, not better.

Throwing more children in jail will lead to horrific outcomes for communities, families and those children, compounding abuse and trauma. 

Throwing more children in jail will cause unspeakable damage to Closing The Gap and efforts to create a better future for Aboriginal children in NSW.

Your new policy to increase youth incarceration:

  • is a betrayal of your Closing the Gap commitments
  • ignores decades of evidence on how to reduce youth crime
  • prioritises punishment over investment in the proven prevention strategies that you promised to implement
  • will cause crime to get worse 
  • will delay measures that could reduce crime

This is a devastating betrayal of Aboriginal children and other vulnerable groups across NSW. 

This is a devastating betrayal of regional communities who want prevention measures not stunts.

We the undersigned organisations ask you to urgently replace your punishment measures with prevention measures: 

  1. Resources allocated for local communities to support after-school, evening and weekend activities that engage at-risk young people.
  2. Intensive and targeted programs and responses for at-risk children with appropriate referral services.
  3. Formal community partnerships between police and Aboriginal controlled services.

Signed by organisations including:

  1. Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited
  2. NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  3. First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  4. BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation
  5. AbSec - NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation 
  6. Link-Up NSW
  7. Aboriginal Culture, Heritage & Arts Association Inc (ACHAA)
  8. NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG)
  9. Justice Reform Initiative
  10. Redfern Legal Centre
  11. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
  12. Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  13. Community Legal Centres NSW
  14. Centre for Criminology Law and Justice UNSW
  15. NSW Council for Civil Liberties
  16. Weave Youth & Community Services
  17. Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation
  18. The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
  19. KWOOP (Keeping Women Out Of Prison)
  20. Inner City Legal Centre
  21. Sisters Inside Inc
  22. Public Interest Advocacy Centre 
  23. National Justice Project
  24. Nelly’s Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation
  25. Amnesty International Australia 
  26. Deadly Connections
  27. Dharriwaa Elders Group
  28. University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law (Criminal Justice Cluster)
  29. Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation: First Nations Lawyers and Law Students NSW
  30. Central Coast Community Legal Centre
  31. SNAICC
  32. Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies
  33. Matana Foundation for Young People
  34. Accountable Futures Collective
  35. Western Sydney University Justice Clinic
  36. Human Rights Law Centre
  37. The Refugee Advice and Casework Service
  38. Australian Lawyers Alliance
  39. Kingsford Legal Centre (UNSW)
  40. knowmore
  41. ANTAR
  42. Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre 
  43. Community Restorative Centre
  44. Women's Legal Centre NSW
  45. Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre 
  46. North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)
  47. Sydney Institute of Criminology
  48. Human Rights Act for NSW Alliance
  49. Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Limited
  50. The Rainbow Lodge Program
  51. The Far West Community Legal Centre
  52. BackTrack Youthworks
  53. Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC)
  54. Humanity Matters
  55. Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service 
  56. Reconciliation NSW
  57. Change the Record
  58. ARACY - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  59. Save the Children and 54 reasons
  60. Australian Centre for Disability Law
  61. Allawaw Aboriginal Corporation
  62. Redfern Youth Connect
  63. Life Without Barriers
  64. Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
  65. Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  66. NCOSS - NSW Council of Social Service
  67. Women's Justice Network
  68. Fams
  69. Australian Services Union


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