Media Releases

Miriam Merton Mental Hospital Death Inquiry

Media Release November 9, 2017 The death of Miriam Merton in the Lismore Hospital mental ward, lying naked in blood and faeces while a nurse casually mopped around her, shocked everyone. The video footage and media had truthfully exposed the culture to the public forcing accountability. Yet no-one proposed that solution or other ways to …

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Mental Tribunal threatens indefinite imprisonment

After an unprecedented six weeks in consideration, the Mental Health Review Tribunal made a 58 page decision on March 20, 2014 on the future of Saeed Dezfouli, the man who was subject of the ABC Background Briefing program “The Man Without a Name”. ‘The Tribunal rubber-stamped the hospital’s authority to act as it wants, despite the Supreme Court saying it had …

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Life Prisoners Protest

Media Release October 28, 2015 “Six prisoners on total life sentences never to be released have written submissions to the NSW Legislative Council in response to an Inquiry into current practices for determining the Security Classification and Management of Prisoners Sentenced to Life Imprisonment. There will be public hearings on the matter on the 23rd and 27th of November,” said …

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Life Prisoners’ Inquiry Media Release

Life Prisoners Protest Media Release October 29, 2015 Six prisoners on total life sentences never to be released have written a Submission to the NSW Legislative Council in response to an Inquiry into current practices for determining the Security Classification and Management of Prisoners Sentenced to Life Imprisonment. There will be public hearings on the matter on the 23rd and …

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New Punishment Regime Opposed by Victims Groups

Media Release Thursday November 19, 2015 None of the twenty-six submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry support the action of Corrections Minister David Elliott in creating a ‘living dead’ status, under pressure from the media. The victims’ organisations support offender rehabilitation programs, want respect for prisoners’ human rights and increased funding for victims. Most submissions (analysis) criticised the information provided to victims …

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Victims Reconciliation with Mental Patients Blocked

Media release Monday November 19, 2018 “Secret Victim Impact Statements (VIS) as proposed in the law before Parliament this week would deny the victim and mentally ill offender involvement in restorative justice. It is a misunderstanding of the process and must not pass. The victims’ groups agree with us”. “Passing the Bill  would mean that the victim …

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