Early intervention a step in the right direction, lacking regional focus

Friday, 5 June

WA Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs Robin Chapple MLC said the government’s early intervention program for young Aboriginal offenders, announced today, was a step in the right direction but needed much more regional focus.

“I would like to see more funding go towards justice reinvestment and early intervention programs in regional WA and in remote communities, often where the problems start for these young people,” Mr Chapple said.

“All too often we see a very Perth-centric approach taken to fundamentally regional issues reflecting a lack of understanding on behalf of policy makers with regards to Aboriginal people in WA.

“I have my doubts that this government can continue to provide these kinds of essential services given the proposed remote community closures and uncertainty around funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

“Aboriginal people in WA deserve a commitment from the Premier that this initial funding is not just a one-off payment and will be continued into the future.

“But, having diversion officers working out of Perth Children’s Court is undoubtedly an important step in helping young Aboriginal offenders to get back on the right track and in essence, is the kind of program the Greens have been calling for.”

For comment please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255.

Media liaison: Tim Oliver // 0431 9696 25

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