“Indigenous academic Marcia Langton has warned that the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner must be female if soaring rates of violence against women and children, and of indigenous children being removed from their homes, are to be addressed.
“There is an urgent need for the appointment of a woman to the position,” Professor Langton told The Australian. “The Northern Territory coroner’s report recently (into the bashing death of indigenous woman Wendy Murphy) and the soaring rates of violence against women and children, rates of removal of children from their homes, and child abuse and neglect are special areas of law, social policy and intervention and human rights denied to the victims by poor legal and police administration and practice. They demand the attention of an experienced indigenous woman.”
Professor Langton said she had offered Attorney-General George Brandis a list of potential candidates…
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