Inquiry into Custodial Arrangements in Police Lock-ups

The Community Development and Justice Standing Committee is conducting an inquiry into custodial arrangements in police lock-ups across Western Australia, which is yet to report.  The terms of reference include: Whether current arrangements fully comply with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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Banksia Hill Inquiry

The Minister for Corrective Services the Inspector of Custodial Services, pursuant to section 17(2)(b) of the Inspector of Custodial Services Act 2003 to conduct a full investigation into all aspects of the incident that occurred as Banksia Hill Detention Centre on 20 Januray 2013. ALSWA prepared a comprehensive,

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Review of the CCYP Act

The Public Sector Commission conducted a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Commissioner for Children and Young People Act 2006 (the Act). The terms of reference included: Examine the operation and effectiveness of the Act Report on the extent to which the purpose of the

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Draft Mental Health Bill submission

This submission was made in response to the press release by the Minister for Mental Health (WA), the Hon Helen Morton MLC, regarding proposed changes to the existing Mental Health Act 1996. The Mental Health Bill 2011: Draft Bill for Public Comment was launched by the Minister on

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Justice: A history of Aboriginal Legal Service of WA

Justice: A history of Aboriginal Legal Service of WA

A lively and multi-dimensional insight into Australian history, Justice: A history of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia reveals the human face of some of the nation’s major social, political and legal reforms of the past four decades. The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA) began by defending Aboriginal people’s right to equality before the law, and its defence of Aboriginal people’s human rights has taken this story beyond the criminal justice system.

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Family Violence – Commonwealth Laws Discussion Paper

ALSWA made a brief submission in response to the ALRC Discussion Paper on Family Violence – Commonwealth Laws (ALRC Discussion Paper). ALSWA’s submission refers to and endorses the submissions of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). This

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