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The Things Which Must Be Done


“The Things Which Must Be Done…”

Aboriginal Incarceration: the urgent need
for Aboriginal community solutions.

In his Whitlam Institute Perspectives Paper, the Hon Bob Debus AM explores how lessons from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and beyond have been neglected or ignored. How our fixation on ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric contributes to skyrocketing incarceration rates, seeing funding diverted from rehabilitation and diversionary programs and instead into funding prison beds. How a comprehensive response to the issues of incarceration remains entwined with the foundational infrastructure of community support, land rights and self-determination.

It is the “practical things” that Debus focuses on. “Practical things” that we must not equate with minimal reforms, but see as the actions upon which reform is built and meaningful change is realised.

This essay forms part of the Whitlam Institute's Perspective SeriesDesigned to encourage creative, even bold, thinking and new ways of looking at the challenges of the 21st century, the series sparks thought and debate among policy makers and the community, putting forward ideas that would shape a better, fairer Australia. More

The Hon Bob Debus AM discusses Aboriginal Incarceration rates along with what can and must be done.

The Hon Bob Debus explores Self-Determination and the key role it must play in addressing Aboriginal Incarceration rates in Australia.