Sobering Thoughts: Public Drunkenness Reform in Victoria [Melbourne]
Wednesday June 5, 2019 - 6:15 PM
Level 2, The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Linda D'Ornay & Rebecca White
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About the Show
Almost 30 years ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommended the abolition of public drunkenness as an offence. A subsequent inquiry in Victoria in 2001 also recommended decriminalisation. So, why have successive governments failed to act?
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service estimates about a quarter of the people arrested for public drunkenness each day are Aboriginal, even though just 0.8 per cent of Victoria’s population is Indigenous.
Following the death in police custody of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day in April 2017, there’s been a renewed and energetic campaign for decriminalisation led by her family. In this conversation, our panellists will discuss the reasons for the disastrous long-standing impasse on the issue and share their thoughts on the momentum behind the new push for reform.
Presented in partnership with Liberty Victoria.