Join us as we celebrate the times and times of former NSW Attorney-General the Hon. Frank Walker QC, with guest speaker the Hon. Bob Debus AM. This event is free to attend. Post-lecture drinks will be held at Penny Lane (the bar above the lecture theatre).
"Over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison: The need for some genuine decision-making"
Frank Walker grew up among tribal people in New Guinea and from a young age stood up for the rights of Aboriginal people in Australia. On the one hand concern for justice for Aboriginal people drove many of his successful reforms to the criminal law. On the other hand his landmark Aboriginal Rights Act of 1983 reflected his desire to allow Aboriginal people to take more control over their own lives.
To our consternation however, the rate of Indigenous imprisonment has actually been rising rapidly. Last year non-Indigenous Australians were imprisoned at the rate of 146 per 100,000 citizens. The rate for Indigenous Australians was 2,253 per 100,000 citizens. Yet many solutions for the crisis of imprisonment are also known.
Former Attorney General of New South Wales, Bob Debus, believes that Walker's approach to the affairs of Aboriginal people remains the correct one.
He will discuss solutions to the crisis of over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system and the need for a renewed political movement to drive them.
About Bob Debus
NSW Attorney General (2000/2007), NSW Minister for Corrective Services (1995/2001), Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs (2007/2009), Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2009/2010).
RSVP: At the bottom of this page
When: February 16, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm
How much does it cost ? Technically nothing, but we do have to cover costs for venue hire and bar tab so please bring your $10, $20, $50 notes so we can collect your donation on the way in.
Where: University of Technology Sydney, Building 11, Lecture Theatre 00.401
Where is that ?: Just a short walk from Central Station, cnr Broadway and Wattle St, enter from Broadway - see map below