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Petition Requesting that the Northern Territory Government repeal the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile offenders Bill 1999 immediately (102 petitioners)

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Title

Petition Requesting that the Northern Territory Government repeal the Mandatory Sentencing of Juvenile offenders Bill 1999 immediately (102 petitioners)

Other title

Tabled Paper 1917

Collection

Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2000-06-20

Description

Tabled by Clare Martin

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright

Copyright owner

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/296379

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/393607

Page content

JFT n e c & 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 Mandatory 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 th$ 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 W estern 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, respectful and valid, ways o f dealing with offensive law breaking behaviour. Yours sincerely, Sign^tijrf Full Name Address ............................... . . 2 ^ 0 ___ L jf\dy ___ j.6.7. ........ ....... f l t f . V . . ^aUfJA 1.9A......p. iv y r? ...... J. S.C. ......... . 5/ . . &/.Cp. ....................... . Q a Y X m . . . . & ? .. fZ J l& M L .tA y .Z H n f t . j j ; . ....... .........................f fN \ ' .......... d - r . . . fr? rfx'rvN. . ^ ^ V ? o r ''ci . ............ . . z p . . . . . / % * - . . . + s A > h jK /j> A p '& Z ? t z - " ( \ : ------V O v I Z & c k 'i . ti f ts fa b Y . . . v . ?. P m tfT lC .. . . S.Y .. . * ....... , RH.rU?U. ......4ft .eeWwirv^rfW. 3 S. .......... .?/4?. .f t.\ . I '2-* w . ... ....... f A fc tff.. ?T. .Zo* .......... t. ............................ (cifu>yJp.oL6.Tlr. K i c u l \r<> : : - . . p r 9 ^ tCxA~ UU2


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