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"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

(Report authors Samantha Connor and Ben Keely)

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www.peerconnect.org.au/

 

Duchenne Foundation in WA have published a great new story for children called "That's What Wings Are For". Part proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Duchenne Foundation.

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At The Governor’s Pleasure – Indefinite Custody, Natural Justice & Due Process

 

Taryn Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Developmental Disability WA

Alison Xamon, President, WA Association for Mental Health

Date:    Friday 30 September 2016 

Time:    4:00pm-5:00pm, with refreshments to follow

Venue:     Executive Briefing Centre, Building 100, Level 2, Curtin Bentley Campus

Email: jcipp@curtin.edu.au

Phone: 9266 2807

Register: Click here to register

Topic:

Most citizens would see natural justice and procedural fairness as fundamental principles that we expect our Parliaments to uphold. So how is it that for 20 years Western Australia has maintained a law allowing for the indefinite custody of vulnerable people without judicial oversight or review? Marlon Noble was released from prison in 2012 after 10 years imprisonment for a crime he was never convicted of, yet it was ultimately media scrutiny and public outrage that resulted in his release.  Mr Noble was detained under WA’s Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 which allows for the indefinite detention of people found unfit to stand trial due to disability or mental illness. The Act includes no provisions for judicial oversight or review.  The law was introduced in 1996 to balance community safety with the protection of the mentally impaired accused. But the Act is internationally recognized as one of the most regressive and unjust pieces of legislation regulating fitness to stand trial. Despite two decades of advocacy and numerous reviews, no Government has reformed the law to address its most critical failings. The presentation will examine the history of WA’s ‘mentally impaired accused’ as a case study of contemporary policy and legislative challenges in the criminal justice system. It will also humanise a ‘law and order’ debate which has largely ignored the human consequences of this Act.

 

About the Speakers

Taryn Harvey is the CEO of Developmental Disability WA, the State’s leading advocacy voice for people with developmental disabilities and their families and carers.  She is one of two consumer advocates on the Premier’s Partnership Forum and Chairs the Disability Advocacy Network of Australia. Taryn has 15 years of public policy experience in government and non-government organisations. 

Alison Xamon is the President of WA Association for Mental Health, Vice Chair of Community Mental Health Australia and a Director of Mental Health Australia.  She is a Member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and is the Co-Lead for the Department of Health’s state-wide Mental Health Network.  Alison is also a practicing lawyer and is a former state Member of Parliament.