Petition Requesting that the Northern Territory Government repeal the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile offenders Bill 1999 immediately (102 petitioners)
Tabled Paper 1917
Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Clare Martin
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Mandatory Sentencing Petition We, the undersigned Australians, request that the Northern Territory Government repeal the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders Bill 1999 immediately. We believe the recent death of a fifteen year old Aboriginal boy who was being detained in Darwin under the Territory's mandatory sentencing laws was avoidable. We believe the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders Bill 1999 is discriminatory,disrespectful, morally abhorrent, racist and unjust. The Mandatory Sentencing Bill takes the responsibility for law and order away from the local custodians of 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 of 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. We 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, respectful and valid, ways of dealing with offensive law breaking behaviour. Yours sincerely, 1. Sara Hourez SA email@example.com cmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 2.Jane Mills email@example.com cmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 3. Georgia Wallace-Crabbe filmprojects0onaustralia.com.au 4. Garry McKechnie workingimages@ozemail. com-, au 5. Chi Vu chi vu@hotmail ."com 6.Jane Rafe email@example.com 7.D Kelman firstname.lastname@example.org 8. Julienne Verhagen email@example.com 9. Sandra Clough sandracloutthffihotmail.com 1 0 . 1 1 . 1 2 . 13. 14. 15. 16. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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