Justice Action’s Submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly Regarding the Parliamentary Inquiry on the Decriminalisation of Drug Use

As a member of the Australian Capital Territory Council of Social Services (ACTCOSS), as well as an ‘essential’ presence at the NSW Drug Summit and International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA) (1997), Justice Action support the decriminalisation of drug use in Australia. Australian drug laws are regressive, punitive and harbour a very strict approach as they are influenced by the ‘war on drugs’ mentality. Instead, legislative change must be implemented to enable the introduction of a Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) for those who wish to use it. This is to ensure the prevention of disease transmission within prisons, as well as to secure detainees’ rights to an equivalent healthcare system.

Juvenile Justice Systems Act (Pakistan) Workshop 26th May 2021

On 26th May 2021, Justice Action (JA) was invited by Legal Awareness Watch (LAW) Pakistan to present a live talk on Zoom during a Juvenile Justice Systems (JJS) Act workshop. The presentation consisted of an analysis of Pakistan’s demographics and problems in their judicial and political systems in relation to the recent JJS Act 2018. …

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Call for withdrawal of the Chief Psychiatrist’s Communique 2014

The campaign against the Chief Psychiatrist’s Communique 2014 was sent to Bronwyn Taylor MLC – NSW Minister for Mental Health, Dr. Murray Wright – Chief Psychiatrist NSW Health and Judge Paul Lakatos SC – President, Mental Health Review Tribunal. We are still awaiting a response from Dr. Murray Wright and Bronwyn Taylor MLC. As you …

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Stopping Forced Medication in Prison

Forensic Community Treatment Orders (FCTOs) authorise the forcible medication of individuals with mental illness within prison. These orders apply to prisoners who develop a mental illness while in prison and to forensic patients who are detained in a prison. FCTOs raise a number of ethical issues, namely the breach of one’s entitlement to equivalent treatment …

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Callan Park Consumer Empowerment Project

Overview The national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services recognises the importance of the right of self-determination to recovery. Although Australia and NSW have policies that embrace the consumer-led movement, there remains significant gaps in its delivery resulting in individuals becoming entrapped. The Callan Park Consumer Empowerment Project will help address this gap. The project …

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Educational opportunities for prisoners

Access to education is now available for prisoners regardless of where they are, or their previous educational experience. University courses and programs are now accessible without the need for internet or any prison administration involvement. Such educational opportunities are being offered to prisoners due to a gap caused by COVID-19 and a lack of international …

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DEINSTITUTIONALISATION: Why community living has been accepted as the appropriate model. CONTENTS (click for pdf) 1. Introduction 2. History of Deinstitutionalisation – International Origins – History of Deinstitutionalisation in Australia 3. Models of Deinstitutionalisation 4. Public Policy Reasons for Deinstitutionalisation – Human Rights – Costs of institutionalisation 5. Australian Reference Articles – Hobbs 2000 – Owen 2004 …

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Justice Action Media Release: Forced Medication Rejection Report

Media release: Friday December 18, 2020 All mental health authorities across Australia have responded in this Report about the forced medication of  74 year old mother of five Kerry O’Malley. Her case was won in the Supreme Court. It was illegal abuse of a gentle woman. The injections caused severe side effects. She was accused of sitting in a …

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