Month: August 2020

Alternatives to Medication

Different things work for different people. Below is a range of comprehensive alternative treatments that Justice Action strongly believes can be more effective than forced medication for people with mental health issues.  Acupuncture To balance the body’s energy system. Depression may lead to suicidal tendencies and liver issues. This form of Chinese medicine – acupuncture …

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Just Us Distribution Report

25,000 copies of JUST US (volume 7) have been distributed to people in prisons and locked hospitals throughout Australia prior to the Federal Election. All political parties contributed their statements as an expression of the constitutional right to receive and send political information. Despite the constitutional basis and right for the distribution of the newspaper, …

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CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR ‘JUST US’:

Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1997) All Australian citizens have a constitutional right to engage in political communication not limited to election periods. Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1997)[1] is the leading authority for the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution: “…each member of the Australian community has an interest in disseminating …

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Education for Prisoners

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress.” – Kofi Annan Latest News Breakthrough in Prisoner Education OfferingsSouthern Cross University Now Open to PrisonersRAND (Reports on the efficacy of prison education programs)Prisoner Public Education AttackedDenying Education to the Willing: The Jeffrey McKane StoryComputers in Cells Roundtable DiscussionPrison Education Public Forum FootagePrison …

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Freedom of Expression

“Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.”– International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights …

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OPCAT – Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture

Latest News Prisoner Community AcknowledgementState-Sanctioned Sexual Assault: The Rally to Ban Strip Searches at Silverwater GaolDetainee Call: Advisory Group Position OPCAT Implementation AnalysisAnalysis: OPCAT Progress in South Australian PrisonsAustralian Human Rights Commission Report: Implementing OPCAT in Australia (June 2020)  OPCAT in the Context of COVID-19Looking in on the Inside: Why OPCAT is Needed for Australian …

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