Roseanne Fulton’s case to be raised in the Federal Senate today.

Today, the Greens spokesperson for Indigenous affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert will raise a motion relating to Roseanne Fulton’s case.

Roseanne’s story aired on Lateline on Wednesday night and her legal guardian, Ian McKinlay launched a petition on Change.org. In five days the petition has been signed by over 100,000 people.

Australia was reviewed for the first time under the CRPD last September. In its concluding observations last October, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability stated:

Access to justice (art. 13)

30. The Committee further recommends that the State party ensure that all persons with disabilities who have been accused of crimes and are currently detained in jails and institutions , without trial , are allowed to defend themselves against criminal charges , and are provided with required support and accommodation to facilitate their effective participation.

Rosie should not be in prison. She deserves care, respect and support. I urge you to sign Ian’s petition.

Last Thursday, Human Rights Commissioners, Graeme Innes and Mick Gooda issued a joint statement urging the WA and NT governments to immediately resolve Ms Fullton’s situation, to carry out an audit of how many other Australians were being treated in this way, and to quickly address the problem.

 

NOTICE OF MOTION – Senator Rachel Siewert

Rose Anne Fulton
 
 
I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that –
 
The Senate:
1.     acknowledges:
a)     Rose Anne Fulton has been held in custody in Kalgoorlie for 18 months without a trial or conviction;
b)     That it is unacceptable for people to be held in custody indefinitely without conviction
 
2.     Notes:
a)     The failure of the NT government to provide suitable accommodation and treatment options in order for the WA government to safely and securely transfer Rose Anne Fulton back to her home in Alice Springs
b)     That Rose Anne Fulton is directly under the guardianship of the NT Minister for Health as she remains an adult guardian client of the Northern Territory Health Minister and Mr Ian McKinlay.
 
3.     Calls on the Federal Government to take leadership and negotiate a transfer of Ms Fulton to Alice Springs to enable her to be close to her family.
  

We are putting people with intellectual disability in prison without conviction.

Australia is failing to meet its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) because people with intellectual disability are being put in prison and left there, without conviction, indefinitely.

Roseanne Fulton’s story was told on Lateline last night. Presenter, Tony Jones then interviewed Warren Mundine, adviser to the Prime Minister on Indigenous affairs. Mr Mundine said:  “What I see is a total mess-up across the board. What we’ve got is a woman who’s trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare. How do we get her out of this nightmare is going to be the challenge and that’s what we have to do… from day one she should never have been in a prison situation. She should have been in a health facility in a proper service area, and that’s going to be the challenge between the Federal, the Western Australian and Northern Territory governments to fix this, because you just can’t have people indefinitely with health issues, mental health issues like that, being trapped in a prison.”

Rick Morton wrote in The Australian today: “Her case is neither isolated nor unusual as a growing number of people with cognitive impairments, almost always black, come in contact with the criminal justice system.”

Australia was reviewed for the first time under the CRPD last September. In its concluding observations last October, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability stated:

Access to justice (art. 13)

30. The Committee further recommends that the State party ensure that all persons with disabilities who have been accused of crimes and are currently detained in jails and institutions , without trial , are allowed to defend themselves against criminal charges , and are provided with required support and accommodation to facilitate their effective participation.

Roseanne’s community guardian, Ian McKinlay has started a petition on change.org. Rosie should not be in prison. She deserves care, respect and support. I urge you to sign Ian’s petition.

Update: At 4.45pm on Thursday, Human Rights Commissioners, Graeme Innes and Mick Gooda issued a joint statement urging the WA and NT governments to immediately resolve Ms Fullton’s situation, to carry out an audit of how many other Australians were being treated in this way, and to quickly address the problem.

Update: As of 5.30pm on Thursday afternoon this petition has over 32,000 signatures. This amazing response has been achieved in less than 24 hours.

If you’re on twitter, you can tweet using the hashtag #FreeRoseanne

Organ Donation Rates – international website launch

Earlier this week, ABC’s 4 Corners screened an HBO documentary, Tales from the Organ Trade.

Recently, SAZCOM has worked with the University of Sydney to create an international, English language website – organdonationrates.org. The website is based on the extensive research and data collection of Doctoral candidate, Aric Bendorf.

The Conversation followed up – Aric Bendorf and SAZCOM director, Sara Irvine, wrote this piece for The Conversation on Wednesday.

Watch the Doco Online here: Tales from the Organ Trade.