They should be given the love and care and the practical methods to advance themselves in their own locations ... Senator Patrick Dodson addresses youth anti social behaviour in remote Australia.

30th Mar 2021

Federal Labor Senator Patrick Dodson says the response to the current plague of youth anti social behaviour in remote and regional towns across the nation has to be quite different than just locking kids up and putting them in detention centres.
Despite growing pressure for a "get tough" approach to solving the youth problem, Senator Dodson has called for better programs to look after kids and greater support for family parenting skills.

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.

Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Prior to his endorsement by the Australian Labor Party as a Western Australian Senator in March 2016, Patrick was a member of the ANU Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.