The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is devastated at the passing of an Aboriginal man in Port Phillip Prison.
This is a national disgrace and is another unnecessary death in a year that has already seen too many Aboriginal people die in custody.
We acknowledge that across Australia seven Aboriginal people have lost their lives in custody since March. That is seven too many.
It is clear the Corrections System has a callous disregard for Aboriginal life.
Here in Victoria, the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission will examine the systems and structures that have led to tragedies like this – and provide a fair and just way forward.
However, more needs to be done.
We need urgent action now, so no other Aboriginal lives are needlessly lost.
– First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Co-Chairs, Geraldine Atkinson and Marcus Stewart