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Aborigines make up 29% of Oz’s prisoners, yet only 3% of its population

‘Political will and strong leadership seem to be missing in enacting 30-year-old report into jailed indigenous people’

Melanie Burton

Aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia and high incarceration rates came under a harsh spotlight from indigenous groups and policymakers on Thursday as they marked the 30th anniversary of a report on an issue that has become a source of national shame.

Aboriginal people make up about 3% of Australia’s population, but about 29% of its prison population, up from 14% when the Royal Commission report came out in 1991.

In the past month alone there were at least five custodial deaths and outrage about the mounting toll sparked protests in Australia’s major cities at the weekend...

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