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  1. Policing Indigenous People in the NPY Lands Jenny Fleming TILES University of Tasmania

  2. Cross-Border Justice Project (NT, SA & WA)

  3. Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjajara (NPY) Aboriginal Lands • 475,000 square kilometres • 10,000 people • approximately 7500 Australian Aboriginals • ANANGU people – person who lives in the central desert region • highly mobile

  4. Indigenous Australians • Aboriginal people/Torres Strait Islanders • 2.6 per cent of Australia’s population • great social, cultural and linguistic diversity • groups divided into local communities

  5. Profound community problems • geographically isolated • poverty • remoteness, small pop’n base • unemployment • few training and educational opportunities • significant substance abuse • family/sexual violence • poor health status • lack of services

  6. Justice Issues • Major safety and security issues for aboriginal communities • Lack of services due to extreme remoteness and isolation • Mobility of the Anangu population who frequently travel around the region • lack of confidence in justice systems • A general inability of dealing with offenders other than in the jurisdiction where they offend

  7. Project Objectives • strengthen and improve community safety in the cross-border region • develop and enact legislation that allows police, courts and corrections to operate in a multi-jurisdictional environment • deliver timely and efficient justice responses • address gaps in justice services • develop collaborative relationships