The Gunner Government’s proposed youth bail laws introduced to Parliament this week have attracted staunch opposition from Aboriginal legal and health organisations, who say the measures are “inhumane, expensive and ineffective”.
The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) along with other Aboriginal groups staged a protest in front of Parliament on Wednesday morning, calling for an inquiry on the NT Youth Bail Reforms law.
The protest was largely ignored by the government.
NAAJA said that the proposed reforms undermine the fundamental principle of the justice system – the presumption of innocence.
“Removing bail for young people is denying them a chance to rehabilitate in community rather than be…