Friday, 22 December 2017

 Australian Law Reform Commission completes inquiry into the incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians

Media release

The Hon Christian Porter MP
Attorney-General

Senator The Hon Nigel Scullion
Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Today the Australian Government has received the Australian Law Reform Commission’s final report on the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Government announced this inquiry in October 2016 to examine the factors leading to the disturbing over representation of Indigenous Australians in our prison system and to consider reforms to the law.

This report is the culmination of nearly a year’s intensive work on a complex and important issue. The Australian Law Reform Commission consulted widely and released a discussion paper in July of this year.

The Australian Government sincerely thanks the Commission for its report and will now carefully consider the recommendations.

We will work with Indigenous Australians, state and territory governments, the legal profession and the wider community to develop solutions for this complex issue.

The final report will be tabled in Parliament and released publicly in 2018.