POSITIVE POLICY

Indigenous Justice Target

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a nationally coordinated approach to close the gap in Indigenous incarceration and victimisation rates. These rates have reached a crisis point.

A young Indigenous man is more likely to go to jail than university.

An Indigenous adult is 15 times more likely to be imprisoned than a non-Indigenous adult and an Indigenous child is 24 times more likely to be in detention.

And an Indigenous woman is 34 time more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence than other women. This is unacceptable.

Labor will apply leadership and innovation to address the justice gap – though community-driven and national strategies that empower communities to address the complex causes of incarceration and crime.

Labor believes we cannot close the gap in education, health and employment disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians without national leadership to change the record and build safer, stronger communities. 

Further information is available here.