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The tragedy of Ms Clarke – Systemic changes to police interaction with First Nations Peoples is urgent

In the wake of the WA police’s use of lethal force against 29-year-old Aboriginal mother Joyce Clarke on 17 September 2019, NJP Director George Newhouse travelled to WA for a press conference on 2 October 2019 to highlight questions raised about the police conduct which led to Ms Clarke’s death, and the ongoing issue of Aboriginal people and in particular, Aboriginal women, …

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Peter Dutton Wastes Tax Payer Money on Spiteful Appeal to High Court

The National Justice Project today condemned Peter Dutton for wasting tax payer money on yet another lawyers’ picnic by launching a spiteful appeal to the High Court to try to stop sick refugees and asylum seekers from getting urgent medical care. At the end of August, the Commonwealth government was slapped down for dragging sick refugees and asylum seekers through …

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WA Police left a Baby at the Scene of a Brutal Domestic Violence Attack

How a domestic violence call to police led to the arrest of the victim, her father, and the death of Baby Charlie When Police responded to a call out about a domestic violence incident involving Tamica Mullaley – they found her beaten, bloody and naked except for a sheet that a bystander had given her. The Police knew the identity …

Families seek closure in case of man who molested dying girl

The NJP is assisting the families of two Aboriginal girls from Bourke who have waited over 30 years for closure after the murder of the girls 3 decades ago. The girls’ families understandably struggle to comprehend why the deaths of the two girls and the molestation of one of them have as yet gone unpunished. The National Justice Project is …

NJP Board Director Lizzie O’Shea named an AccessNow 2019 Human Rights Hero

The National Justice Project would like to congratulate one of our Board Directors Lizzie O’Shea on being named an AccessNow 2019 Human Rights Hero. Lizzie is being recognised for leading work to highlight, analyse and protest expansive surveillance laws in Australia. Aside from sitting on the Board of Directors of the National Justice Project, Lizzie is an Australian human rights …

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National Justice Project initiates petition addressing AFP raids on ABC and Annika Smethurst

The National Justice Project this week started a petition calling for legislative change and immediate action to protect journalists and whistle-blowers following the AFP raids on ABC and Annika Smethurst. Last week the ABC headquarters and the home of journalist Annika Smethurst were raided by the AFP, after they, some time ago, published well-researched and vetted news stories blowing the …

Inquest Findings into the death of Mr Jackamarra released; WA government moving to make improvements to facilities

The inquest findings into the tragic death of Mr Jackamarra in Broome Regional Prison in 2015 were released last week, and in their wake the WA government has claimed it is moving to improve the conditions at the prison in which Mr Jackamarra passed away.  National Justice Project Senior Solicitor Emma Hearne represented Mr Jackamarra’s family at the inquest in WA and spoke to ABC …