Now’s the time to stop the rot of First Nations dying in custody, being over imprisoned and their children being put into a home."

11th Jun 2020

Western Australian Labor Senator Patrick Dodson has made an impassioned speech to Parliament calling on the Federal government to put an end to high rates of First Nations incarceration and deaths in custody.

Senator Dodson called on the federal government to make it a top priority and commit to working with states to resolve the problem rather than shirking responsibility.

He said “ for too long, nice words, good intentions, but the lack of action and commitment has not seen a reduction to the incarcerations or the deaths in custody and now’s the time to stop the rot of First Nations dying in custody, being over imprisoned and their children being put into a home."

Tens of thousands of people defied public heath orders to march in protests held throughout Australian cities over the past weekend.