Yesterday Simon Corbell announced he had signed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.
(It might surprise you to learn we have an ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, which might have something to do with them managing to put out one media release in the last two and a bit years.)
Chairperson of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, Terry Williams, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people account for 1.2% of ACT residents and approximately 10% of people in the ACT criminal justice system.
“The actions outlined in the agreement demonstrate an ongoing commitment in the ACT to address the over-representation of our people in the criminal justice system, and brings together the efforts of ACT Government agencies and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to get serious and do something about it,” Mr Williams said.
Efforts in health, housing, education and employment are intended to address this issue.