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 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.

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