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Royal Commission Into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Latest News Victorian Legal Aid’s Response to Implementation Proposal  (August 2021) Justice Action’s Response to Implementation Proposal  (July 2021) Department of Health’s Implementation Proposal  (June 2021) Justice Action’s Analysis of the Royal Commission Report  (March 2021) The Royal Commission Final Report  (February 2021) Overview The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System delivered its final report on 3 February, 2021. …

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Prisoner Community Acknowledgement

As a social structure, communities serve to enhance responsibility by and for individuals and enable groups to live in harmony. Prisoners should not be excluded from the democratic processes inherent in society, as they too, are bound by shared experiences, mutual concerns and shared living areas. Their right to group representation is formally acknowledged in …

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The Optional Protocol to the Conventional against Torture (OPCAT)Strip Searching in NSW PrisonsSolitary Confinement Freedom of ExpressionRight to Vote Freedom of Association

Right to Vote

Although detained, people in prisons and locked hospitals are still citizens who are affected by government policy and do have the right to elect those who govern them. Prisoners and mental health consumers have family and friends on the outside and when they complete their sentence, they will join the world outside and be affected …

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Minorities and Consorting Laws

Justice Action recognises that consorting laws represent a current issue that needs to be highlighted. Recently, the Justice Action team compiled a consorting paper to provide information to the NSW Ombudsman about the impact of the consorting provisions on prisoners, ex-prisoners and the services providing these programs. A case note analysing the High Court’s decision can …

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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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