Outrage is brewing online after news broke that NSW’s Police Commissioner was seriously considering proposals for more lenient bail conditions for specifically for Aboriginal offenders.
The story broke on Friday and we are already seeing reactions from some non-Indigenous people who are crying racism over the proposal. The new bail conditions simply allow for an offender to register up to three different residences as trials indicate that many Indigenous offenders don’t have just one fixed address.
Perhaps the government shouldn’t label it as a rule just for Aboriginal people to avoid all the needless drama. Or is this what they want; to make it look like we are getting special treatment, when in fact, we are simply overcoming significant disadvantages.
We often hear non-Indigenous people say they feel powerless when it is the government who are creating adverse conditions towards our people. In this case, we have some non-Indigenous people trying to pressure the government to stop a program that has a proven track record and is designed to keep Indigenous people out of jail.
There is a common argument that ‘Australians’ are all the same and that everyone should all be treated equally. This kind of argument points to assimilation while ignoring the injustices inflicted upon our people by assimilation policies such as the stolen generations. Where are these calls against the adverse laws that are targeted towards our people such as paperless arrests in the N.T or the harsh penalties for remote work for the dole workers?
The government is currently under pressure from the United Nations who have increased their calls for the government to drastically overhaul the current system which has resulted in our people becoming one of (if not) the most incarcerated people on the planet.
It seems the government is finally starting to listen to these calls, but now we are witnessing pressure from certain sections of the Australian public who are against a new framework designed to reduce imprisonment for crimes that may normally result in short prison terms. It is these short prison terms that have been blamed for breeding repeat offenders, so ultimately these new measures should lead to less re-offending.
Will common sense will prevail in the end?