Tag: criminal justice

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Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) Submission

QAI made a submission in regards to the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. Here is an excerpt from the submission of our recommendations: Recommendations QAI supports the measures in the Bill. The State Government must do more to ensure that people with intellectual disability who have committed very minor […]

Ministerial back-flip on disability pension a lifesaver

QAI Media release December 2018 Ministerial backflip on pension is a lifesaver for people with disability.   The Australian Federation of Disability Organizations (AFDO), the Disability Advocacy Network of Australia (DANA) and QAI went to Canberra last week to convince federal politicians to oppose the 2019 budget measure.   Their work, with support from many others, […]

Graph showing the over representation of people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland justice system

Inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism – Queensland Productivity Commission

The Queensland Government asked the Queensland Productivity Commission to determine how government resources and policies may be best used to reduce imprisonment and recidivism to improve outcomes for the community. QAI had a lot to say about this, having published editions of  Disabled Justice in 2007 and 2014.   Ten percent of prisoners in this state have […]

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Protecting Queenslanders: QAI submission is critical of Queensland bill that would give the Premier power to make decisions on monitoring of people with disability convicted of sexual offences

The QAI submission to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee Inquiry into the Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’) opposes the Bill in general, and is critical of a number of provisions in the Bill proposed by Mr David Janetzki MP, the Member for Toowoomba South.  In particular, QAI opposes the provision  that would give the Premier power […]

Presentations at the ANZAPPL Congress 2018

QAI mental health lawyers Jo Sampford and Niamh Fields presented at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatrist, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) Congress 2018. Find their presentations below: “Is this to be their fate for the indefinite future?” Judicial  interest in systemic issues in Queensland”, Niamh Fields “Lost and found in translation: Cross-disciplinary conversations […]

Let’s Nix 216

Section 216 of our Queensland Criminal Code makes it unlawful (i.e. a criminal offence) for any person to have intimate relations (i.e. sex!) with another person who has ‘impairment of the mind’, which is defined broadly in the Criminal Code and includes any person with an intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive or neurological impairment that results in […]

OPCAT in Australia

QAI submission – OPCAT in Australia –  to the Australian Human Rights Commission

Police Shoot, Kill 5: Coroner’s Recommendations Implemented

The Queensland Police Service has responded to the Coroner’s recommendations from the inquiry into the deaths of – Anthony William Young Shaun Basil Kumeroa Edward Wayne Logan Laval Donovan Zimmer Troy Martin Foster The Coroner adopted all three of QAI’s recommendations in our submissions, namely, for: The revitalisation of the Mental Health Intervention Project and […]

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About the Police, the Court and Lawyers – What to do and what not to do

The Justice Support Program (JSP) assists and advocates for people with intellectual disability who have been charged with an offence.  We have produced a book “About the Police, the Court and Lawyers – What to do and what not to do” The book uses plain English and simple illustrations to guide Dan (who has an intellectual […]