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Mandatory sentencing concerns raised by UN committee
Posted on December 11, 2014
ABC News
with Warren Barnsley

A First Nations legal organisation says a United Nations committee's call to review mandatory sentencing laws sends a strong message to Australia.

The UN Committee Against Torture has recommended Australia review the laws, with a view to abolishing them.

The laws apply to a range of offences, such as assault, domestic violence and alcohol-related incidents.

Priscilla Collins (pictured) from the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says mandatory sentencing laws are a major factor in the over-representation of First Nations people in Australian jails.

Audio 1 - Priscilla Collins

The Federal Opposition's Indigenous affairs spokesperson, Shayne Neumann, says he agrees mandatory sentencing is a concern.

Audio 2 - Shayne Neumann


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