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WA highest law maker says fine defaulters will continue to be jailed
Posted on September 30, 2014
Michelle Tuahine
Chief News Editor

The West Australian Attorney-General has flagged he has no intention of backing down from the Government's fine defaulters policy which he says serves as a critical deterrent.

It follows the recent death in custody of a Yamatji woman, prompting urgent calls for an end to jail terms for unpaid fines.

Ray Jackson from the Indigenous Social Justice Association says most states have already abandoned the laws in the late 80s, following the death of a Koori man in Sydney's Long Bay jail.

18 year-old Jamie Partlic was serving a 4 day sentence for unpaid fines when he was bashed so savagely he was left brain damaged.


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