Western Australia: “The system is the real “terror” in youth justice”

Person wearing a black shirt stands in an outdoor setting, holding up a black sign with "Close Down Banksia Hills Detention Centre."

“How can the West Australian Premier Mark McGowan get away with describing a group of kids with disabilities as “terrorists”? Especially when we know that many of them grew up in the care and under the control of his own State’s Child Protection system.” Recent reports have shed light on the dire conditions and mistreatment […]

‘The system’s broken’: the crisis gripping Australia’s juvenile justice centres disproportionately effects Aboriginal youth

Australia: “Across the country, the juvenile justice system is in crisis, according to families of incarcerated young people, lawyers and human rights advocates. There have been calls for urgent reforms in Western Australia (WA), the Northern Territory and Tasmania, while federal, state and territory governments have committed to reducing juvenile detention rates by 30% by […]

Indigenous Australians with disabilities are missing key supports in criminal justice system. “First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Damian Griffis has called on the Royal Commission to establish a dedicated hearing into the over-representation and indefinite detention of First Nations people with disability. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 14 times more likely to be imprisoned, with one third reporting a disability, […]

Ian Fackender

Ian Fackender

Coroner finds fatal police shooting of man with schizophrenia experiencing psychosis was preventable.

Indigenous Peoples with Disabilities in Remote Communities Facing Adversity

First Nations People with Disabilities

(Australia) The Royal Commission this week heard about the struggles of First Nations people with disability living in remote communities. Approximately 66,000 First Nations people live with severe disability. About 38,500 are NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participants and 10 per cent of those live in remote and very remote communities.   Twenty-eight witnesses, including […]

Staff Segregated and Residents with Disabilities Beaten at Sunnyfield Disability Services

(Sydney, Australia) Two support workers at a National Disability Insurance Scheme accommodation provider allegedly assaulted and verbally abused the residents, while other staff at the home were “segregated” based on race. Additionally, Sunnyfield Disability Services tried to evict one resident after her sister had repeatedly raised concerns about what was happening in the home. In […]

The Forced Segregation Model for Children with Disabilities

(Canberra, Australia) Canberra, federal capital of the Commonwealth of Australia, occupies part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), in southeastern Australia. The ACT has developed a “segregation” model for students with disabilities. There are mainstream public schools and “specialist” schools designed exclusively for students with disabilities. Canberra families and children with a disability are being […]