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Poverty and the Death Penalty – reflections on 50 years of abolition in Australia

"Last week we marked the World Day Against the Death Penalty, a global reminder of the sheer inhumanity of the death penalty.

As Australians, 2017 has a particular resonance – as it marks 50 years since the last person was killed by the state in this country.

It is also 40 years since the landmark Sackville report into poverty, which pointed with such clarity to the connection between poverty and injustice and to truths we have not fully recognised or responded to in all that time..."

Speech delivered by Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia, at the World Day against the Death Penalty Dinner, Brisbane. Read full speech below.

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