source: The Stringer
published: 20 February 2017
Non-Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at around 200 per 100,000 adults but Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults are incarcerated at 2,330 per 100,000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander adults. It’s beyond any justification – it’s an abomination.
However the narrative of human misery and suffering is worst in Western Australia where Aboriginal adults are incarcerated at close to the world’s highest incarceration rate – 2nd highest at 3,745 per 100,000. Western Australia enjoys the nation’s highest median wage – one of the world’s highest but not so its Aboriginal peoples.
If you are born Black in Western Australia you have a two in three chance of living poor your whole life.
Western Australia’s prisons are full – in fact they are overcrowded. Broken lives to ruined lives. Western Australia has the nation’s highest incarceration rate of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander females – with 22.3 per cent of the Aboriginal prison population comprised of females.
The incumbent government of Western Australia has steadfastly refused to move away from the harshest punitive policies in the nation and to redemptive policies of transformation. It is not likely that any Labor government will change the world for Aboriginal peoples in Western Australia, but they will be better than the incumbent. Coming soon is the March 11 election and the incumbent need to go.