State Intervention

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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High Court Upholds Consorting Laws – Tajjour v New South Wales

The High Court recently held that the consorting provisions in sections 93X and 93Y of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) were constitutionally valid. This case note analyses the Court’s decision. Building on our submission to the Ombudsman, it argues that the decision of the Court is apt to creat confusion surrounding the offence, and fails …

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Enrolment To Vote

Report: Enrolment to Votein Prisons and Hospitals 2016 Executive Summary Justice Action has undertaken a series of enquiries into the processes currently in place to ensure all people in prisons and forensic hospitals are enrolled to vote. From these enquiries, it has been established that Electoral Commissions across all the Australian states and territories, as …

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Prisoners denied vote

Media release: Wednesday May 25, 2016 “Most people in prisons and locked hospitals across Australia are eligible to vote but won’t be participating in the 2016 Federal Election. Last week in several NSW jails not one person surveyed had been given information about enrolment” said Justice Action Coordinator Brett Collins. “Their right to vote was …

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Prisoners’ Right to Vote

The Right to Vote for Prisoners Voting is a fundamental human right upheld in Australia through legislated compulsory enrolment since 1924. This process of compulsory enrolment demonstrates our nation’s hard fought dedication to achieving a democratic process that accurately reflects public opinion and values. In failing to ensure prisoners are enrolled in the voting system, …

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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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