Cognitive impairment in the Northern Territory

By Right Now Radio
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This article is part of our June theme, which focuses on Indigenous People and their human rights. Read our Editorial for more on this theme.

In the Northern Territory, people with cognitive impairment who have been charged with a crime can be imprisoned indefinitely if deemed unfit to make a plea. Felicity James speaks with former police prosecutor Ian McKinlay about his work as a guardian for three prisoners in Alice Springs and the disproportionate impact on the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal population.

Download the podcast here (24:38min/23MB).


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.