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Critical Report into the Death in Custody of Mr Morrison is Released

The SA Ombudsman has handed down a damning Report into issues surrounding the 2016 death in custody of Mr Wayne Fella Morrison (named with family permission) and the way the South Australian Department for Correctional Services (the Department) failed to provide critical information about his health and welfare to his family. Mr Morrison’s mother and extended family have been waiting …

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Damning Ombudsman Report Reveals Dangerous Failures In Bamaga Hospital Care – six-year-old Torres Strait Islander boy died after being sent home with Panadol five times

Sydney, Australia – Monday 24 August 2020Image above: Charlie (left), his mother Xernona and brother Richard (Supplied by family) First Nations people should be aware that this article contains the name and image of a child who has died. His name and the image are used with the permission of the family. The tragic death of six-year-old Charlie Gowa has …

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Justice for David Dungay Jr

WARNING THIS ARTICLE REFERS TO THE DEATH OF AN INDIGENOUS MAN. 4 August 2020 – M.Deserio Over 95,000 signatures have been delivered to Parliament seeking justice for Dunghatti Warrior, David Dungay junior, who died, needlessly in custody. While the focus of ‘Black Lives Matter’ recently dominated US headlines, Australia has its very own story of a man who told his …

The NJP releases investigative journal: ‘Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and COVID-19’

4 August 2020 Australia has enjoyed relative early success in its containment of the COVID-19 outbreak, even noting recent spikes in VIC, however, experts warn that we are merely months into what is realistically going to be a year or years-long crisis. Our detention centres experience continued exposure from staff and lack any feasible social distancing measures, allowing the distinct …

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Firearms rules for prison guards must be curbed, says NJP lawyer

NJP’s George Newhouse has spoken to the Sydney Morning Herald about the new for firearm reforms. He has called for limits on the use of firearms by prison officers after the fatal shooting of Aboriginal prison escapee Dwayne Johnston last year. Newhouse said it was absurd that it appeared to be easier to legally justify the killing of an escapee …

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Melbourne Law School BLM webinar features NJP

For those who may have missed it – here’s a link to the Melbourne Law School #BLM webinar that NJP Exec Director George Newhouse spoke at last week alongside the fantastic Larissa Behrendt, Amy McQuire, Alison Whittaker, Eddie Cubillo and Amanda Porter.

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This is one of the saddest cases that the NJP has ever been involved in.

All Australians should be disgusted at the way that WA Police treated a DV survivor, Tamica Mullaley, and her baby. Proof black lives don’t matter in WA #BlackLivesMatter WARNING: Disturbing and traumatic content. Read Mother of murdered baby pleads for inquest to consider actions of Western Australia police by Lorena Allam in The Guardian here.

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What will it take to eradicate deaths in custody?

National Justice Project Founder George Newhouse’s latest opinion piece for Living Black. Australia is not one country. It’s two. We are split along racial lines as surely as South Africa was during the era of apartheid. It may sound like hyperbole but it is a fact. In 2018, an Australia-first report card on levels of institutional racism in Queensland’s health …