Banksia Hill Kids' complaint terminated by AHRC
[supplied by Dana Levitt]
On 14 November, 2022, Jodie Ball as Delegate of the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Rosalind Croucher AO, terminated the Complaint made by current and former inmates of Banksia Hill and Rangeview Detention Centres in Western Australia.
The Complaints allege that the Complainants, the majority of whom are Indigenous and also suffer from one or another disability, were or are being subject to racial discrimination, disability discrimination and age discrimination by the State of Western Australia's Department of Corrective Services.
The Complaint spans the period from 1997, when the Banksia Hill facility was established and became the sole juvenile Detention Centre in Western Australia, up to the present date. The President made her decision to terminate the Complaint pursuant to section 46PF(1)(b) and 46PH (1 B )(b) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act, finding that she is satisfied that there is no reasonable prospect of the matter being settled by conciliation.
This frees the way for Class Action lawyers, Levitt Robinson, to commence Class Action proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, within sixty (60) days of the date of termination namely, by 13 January, 2023.
Significantly, the 14 November, 2022 termination coincided with an announcement by WA Premier, Mark McGowan, that he would at last launch an investigation into the matters described in the Four Corners documentary, Locking up Kids", which was also screened on 14" November, 2022.
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