Petition Requesting that the Northern Territory Government repeal the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile offenders Bill 1999 immediately (102 petitioners)
Tabled paper 1917
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Tabled by Clare Martin
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Xj A Petition to the Government of the Northern Territory TO REPEAL THE MANDATORY SENTENCING BILL 1999 We, the undersigned Australians, request that the Northern Territory Government repeal the M andatory Sentencing o f Juvenile Offenders Bill 1999 immediately. We believe the recent death o f a fifteen year old Aboriginal boy who was being detained in Darwin under the Territory's mandatory sentencing laws was avoidable. We believe the M andatory Sentencing o f Juvenile Offenders Bill 1999 is discriminatory, disrespectful, morally abhorrent, racist and unjust. The M andatory Sentencing Bill takes the responsibility for law and order away from the local custodians o f the law in each Aboriginal community in the Territory. Despite the Royal Commission's Inquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and 339 recommendations later, Aboriginal people are still 14 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Aboriginal Australians. In the Northern Territory, 72.8 per cent o f the prison population is Aboriginal. This compares with 33.1% in Western Australia and 21.6% in Queensland. Does the Northern Territory Government genuinely believe that mandatory sentencing laws are making a real difference? There is a better way. W e believe the boy's local community and family could have undertaken a more appropriate action under customary law and the young boy would probably still be alive today. We urge you to consider enabling and supporting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to implement their own laws as responsible, resjPPMic^nHkwaWpiiiapM^dealing with offensive law breaking behaviour. Yours sincerely, Signature Full Name ORIGINAL PAPER No. J U . 2 ........ Laid upon the Table Address * 2 0 ) 6 / c o _ .......................f?./r ..............S . t ........... .3. .4.V ?.. $T.r. T. fit?U C-L-AJ^E S S Qo=>v-\<sS 0,1 lOeS'I f e ^ L /O jf t j ) , iySW & + - ^ . . c f f m y b o y l q P ' . / 7 . & y v L . S> f. . / I u & rv v ^ v l/c ^ ^ e p / . <20^0^ -*U.X*AeX& ( *? -f X . A/Sto <31 lA P 4 ,c f<=r /& . A ( S o u ' / ' IB