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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, May

A Perspective on Long Term Imprisonment
It is my hope that you leave this conference with a more open mind and at the very least having learned something of what it is like for women in jails. While I must pay a price for my crime and am most willing to do so, it must be remembered that...
Editorial
June 12 this year was the centenary of the Commonwealth Franchise Act whereby, in a first in the western world, Australian women had the right both to vote and to stand for election. Prior to Federation in 1901, women in South Australia and Western...
Focus on Women in Prison
Introduction I have been asked to write an Introduction for the group of articles included in this edition focusing on women in prison. These articles are from the State, National and International Women in Prison Conference hosted by Sisters Inside...
Globalisation and Criminal Injustice
What I want to talk about today is the direct link between the massive growth in the number of women, and especially indigenous women, being imprisoned in Queensland prisons over the last decade and the process of corporate globalisation. Angela Davis,...
Keeping 'Our' Women Safe: Containing Australian Fear and Danger through Immigration Detention
In 1992, immigration detention was introduced in Australia by the ALP government with bipartisan support. It was introduced relatively quietly at the time, and without widespread knowledge or acknowledgment of it by the general public. Since 1992,...
Many Prisons
I'd like to begin by saying that I'm a Murri woman, that is, members of my family have always lived in this place. My Aboriginal brothers have done time but I haven't. So I want to be clear I don't speak for women in prison, but simply offer one Aboriginal...
Nugi Garimara (Doris Pilkington) Interviewed by Christine Watson
Introduction The struggle of citizens against state power is the struggle of their memory against forced forgetting. (1) One of the biggest struggles faced by Aboriginal people in Australia since colonisation is the struggle against the erasure...
Tales of a Private Women's Prison: Writ in Women's Lives
Until October 2000, women prisoners in Victoria's Metropolitan Women's Correctional Centre (MWCC) suffered as guinea pigs in the first private prison experiment on women in Australia. After four year long years, the Victorian state government has...
The Formalities of the Formal
The pain and suffering associated with shopping for a formal dress will haunt me for the rest of my life. In retrospect I cannot believe it. I was in year 11 and it was my first formal occasion. About the only things I associated with 'formal shopping'...
The Risky Business of Risk Assessment
Correctional authorities in many Canadian provinces and territories are utilizing actuarial risk assessment procedures with criminalized adults and youth within their jurisdictions. Although some highly problematic philosophical issues and extremely...
White Girl 'Gone off with the Blacks'
On 2 September 1861 Robert Hickson, superintendent of the Acheron Aboriginal Station wrote a report to Robert Brough Smyth, secretary of the Central Board Appointed to Watch Over the Interests of the Aborigines (1) about a 'white girl' who had 'gone...
Women and Drugs: Destruction by Incarceration
In 1986 in New South Wales, I was charged with importing one kilo of cannabis resin. I was sentenced when the federal government's 'Drug Offensive' policy was being enforced; this ensured a political climate of 'get tough' on drug offenders. My sentence...
'Yet Another End of Another Aboriginal Filmmaker's Journey': A Personal Account of Aboriginal Documentary Filmmaking in the ABC
When I was thirty years old I landed a job in 1989 as a television documentary researcher, quite by accident. I was an undergraduate media student sharing a house and a huge phone bill with six other UTS communication students. Just hours before the...
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