The Federal Government has announced an inquiry into the “national disgrace” of Indigenous Australians being held behind bars. Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has announced the Government will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to examine the factors leading to the overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in prison.
- As of June 2015, Indigenous prisoners accounted for 27% of prisoners, despite making up 2% of population
- Announcement comes 25 years after final report of Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
- Bar association president welcomed the inquiry, describing rate of incarceration a “national disgrace”