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Prevention not Detention

[by Meg Perkins]




Necrophilia, lies, police failures and racial bias. Teens Mona Lisa and Cindy Smith died by the side of the road near Bourke. The Man responsible walked free [Brooke Fryer, Carly Williams, Joanna Woodburn and Zaarkacha Marlan, ABC] When two teenage girls died outside Bourke in the late 1980s part of the defence team's legal strategy was to ensure the trial happened there, where racial tensions were high.


From peacekeeping to wars, this is why four generations of the Moffitt family continue to serve [Tahnee Jash and Stephanie Boltje, ABC] It was World War II and Aboriginal man Harold James Stewart was 20 years old, fighting for Australia on the frontlines of Bougainville and New Guinea.


Bringing new life to an ancient nut [supplied by UQ] A culturally significant Australian nut dating back to Jurassic times could have a big future thanks to University of Queensland-led research revealing its substantial health benefits.

Speaker Billy Walker  CEO Yaegi Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Registered Native Body Corporation Indigenous leader. Image supplied

First Nations children are being incarcerated at ever-increasing rates.


Recent tragedies in Western Australia make youth justice reform ever more urgent, but politicians in Queensland and New South Wales seem determined to "get tough on crime".


World experts from Canada have been invited to speak at the Youth Justice 24: Prevention not Detention conference 12 and 13 September 2024 in the Northern Rivers New South Wales.


Bill Walker, CEO of the Yaegl Traditional Owners Corporation, will be talking about the importance of culture and Jocelyn Spencer Jones, a Nyoongar researcher, will be discussing the child protection pathway to juvenile justice.


More details at the conference website 

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