Senate debates

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Cognitive impairment

4:05 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) there are people with a cognitive impairment all around the country being held in indefinite detention without trial or conviction,

(ii) that it is unacceptable for people to be held in custody indefinitely without conviction,

(iii) that, as of June 2013, there were 37 people being held without conviction in Western Australia, and

(iv) an overwhelming number of people being held indefinitely who have a cognitive impairment are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders;

(b) notes the failure of state and federal governments to provide suitable accommodation and support services for people with cognitive impairment that come in contact with the justice system; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to take leadership and negotiate with state and territory governments to provide appropriate accommodation and support services for people with a cognitive impairment who have contact with the justice system.

Question agreed to.