Western Australian police commissioner Chris Dawson has urged the state government to do more to keep Indigenous children and young people out of the criminal justice system. Speaking to Guardian Australia on Monday, Dawson voiced support for alternative justice approaches such as community gatherings, “rather than truck or fly a young person to be remanded in custody some 2000 kilometres south, taken off country, taken away from their parents and carers and their community, and expect that they’re going to come back better people for it”. Dawson’s comments come after revelations last week that every child in custody in the Northern Territory is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor could be held in contempt of parliament for failing to release carbon emissions data. A Senate motion passed last year requires the government to release national quarterly emissions data no later than five months after the end of the quarter, but data for the quarter ending December 2018 still has not been made public. Shadow climate and energy minister Mark Butler called Taylor’s inaction a “disgrace”, saying “Angus Taylor has continually argued against climate action and is part of a government that has continually lied about what their emissions data actually shows, which is that emissions are rising and we’re not on track to meet our international climate commitments”.
Shadow home affairs minister Kristina Keneally has pledged to “apply a blowtorch” to home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s handling of a rise in bridging visas for asylum seekers arriving by plane. Speaking on Sunday, Keneally highlighted cases of asylum seekers, migrants and family members waiting years for visa and citizenship approvals. “I completely accept and endorse the approach of boat turnbacks, offshore processing and regional resettlement, but I believe we can secure our borders and still treat people humanely,” Keneally said.
And the New South Wales state government has reached a $576 million settlement with the contractor building the Sydney light rail, blowing the project’s cost out to $2.7 billion. Under the agreement, light rail should be running between Randwick and Circular Quay by December, while the remaining stretch of track to Kingsford will likely not be completed until next year. Originally budgeted at $1.6 billion, legal wrangling between Transport for NSW and Spanish firm ALTRAC led to repeated delays and cost blowouts.