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National Indigenous Legal Conference 2017

"Two lessons will be repeated today – that our children do not belong in jails; and that health, poverty, violence, substance abuse and unresponsive justice and child protection systems compound intergenerational trauma.

The Northern Territory has the highest rate of children and young people in detention in Australia, 94 per cent of detainees are Aboriginal. Imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has increased by 88 per cent in the last decade.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate nationwide is 13 times higher than the general Australian population..."

Speech delivered by Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia at the National Indigenous Legal Conference, Adelaide. Read full speech below.

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