The murder of George Floyd on 25th May 2020 has rightfully enraged people from all across the world, bringing to the forefront the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Here in Australia how much do we really know about Indigenous deaths in custody. In 1996 there was a royal commission into the number of deaths of black deaths in custody studying between 1990-1995.
- Indigenous people were 16.5 times more likely than non-indigenous people to die in custody. Keeping in mind that Indigenous people currently make up approximately 3% of the population, this is disproportionately high.
- The disproportion in the rate of death was the highest in South Australia (31.7) followed by Victoria (18.8), New South Wales (17.0), Queensland (16.8), Northern Territory (7.7) and Tasmania (2.8).
- Indigenous prisoners were 1.26 times more likely to die in prison than non-non-indigenous prisoners.
- Indigenous people who died in custody are significantly younger than non-Indigenous people.
- The rate of death for Indigenous women in custody was higher than the corresponding rate for Indigenous men.
The full report can be found here.
Here is a list of current peaceful protests within Australia
MELBOURNE: 6TH JUNE 2020 1:30PM FEDERATION SQUARE
BRISBANE: 6TH JUNE 2020 1PM KING GEORGE SQUARE
SYDNEY: 9TH JUNE 2020 5PM HYDE PARK
PERTH: 13TH JUNE 2020 MIDDAY HYDE PARK
BRISBANE: 13TH JUNE 2020 1PM SOUTHBANK (NEAR MIDDLE BBQ)