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In partnership with the Territorial Aborigines, the Government of the Northern Territory is developing the Northern Aboriginal Justice Agreement. The agreement outlines how the NT government and Aboriginal territories will work together to improve equity outcomes for Aboriginal people. “The draft agreement is being developed for further consultations sometime in 2019,” he said. Despite the previous statement that the government will release the draft agreement “in the coming weeks,” a spokesman for Fyles said the timetable had been changed. “How can you say, on the one hand, that we want to advance the emergency situation of our Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander by drawing up this agreement and, on the other hand, to say that we are not even prepared to put in place safe guards in juvenile justice legislation to implement the recommendations of a royal commission?” Aboriginal Justice Agreements (AJAs) was first established as a result of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC), which presented its final report in 1991. Six years later, high incarceration rates and deaths in Aboriginal custody led to a meeting of Torres Strait Aborigines and Islanders (ATSI). Following this meeting, it was recommended that each state and territory, in coordination with Aboriginal justice boards4 and relevant Aboriginal bodies, develop to improve the provision of programs and judicial outcomes for Aboriginal people.5 , with the exception of the Northern Territory, approved and adopted the recommendation for the implementation of strategic agreements in partnership with Aboriginal peoples. Leanne says that Aboriginal people are denied access to all the judicial services that other territories take for granted. Leanne Liddle, Director of the Aboriginal Justice Unit, focused on improving the equity of Aboriginal territories in Menzies Oration 2019 (October 31) last month. Jesuit social services are making this submission aware that we are a non-Aboriginal organization that works primarily with Aboriginal youth and Communities in the Northern Territory.
The primary intent of our submission is to express our strong support for this Aboriginal-led process, which attempts to integrate Aboriginal leadership into the justice system and attempts to radically change the outcomes of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Jesuit Social Services praised the Northern Territory government for its commitment to develop the agreement, which aims to reduce the rates of re-edition and detention of Aboriginal territories, engage and support Aboriginal leadership, and improve justice responses and services for territorial Aboriginal people. In 2017 and 2018, the Aboriginal Judicial Unit of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice visited 80 Aboriginal communities and organizations and conducted 120 consultations to gather opinions on how to address the justice issues facing territorial Aborigines. The agreement is supported by research, evidence and the opinion and experience of Aboriginal people.