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Policing Indigenous People in the NPY Lands. Jenny Fleming TILES University of Tasmania. Cross-Border Justice Project (NT, SA & WA). Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjajara (NPY) Aboriginal Lands. 475,000 square kilometres 10,000 people approximately 7500 Australian Aboriginals

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Policing indigenous people in the npy lands

Policing Indigenous People in the NPY Lands

Jenny Fleming

TILES

University of Tasmania



Ngaanyatjarra pitjantjatjara yankunytjajara npy aboriginal lands
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


Indigenous australians
Indigenous Australians Lands

  • Aboriginal people/Torres Strait Islanders

  • 2.6 per cent of Australia’s population

  • great social, cultural and linguistic diversity

  • groups divided into local communities


Profound community problems
Profound community problems Lands

  • 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


Justice issues
Justice Issues Lands

  • 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


Project objectives
Project Objectives Lands

  • 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


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