In this week’s program we find out about a number of important services that affect people living in remote communities – police services, correctional services, and emergency services. We talk with Minister Malinauskas who is the Minister for these important services.
The Minister talks about the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and in particular the high rate of young people and women who are in prison; and we ask the Minister to comment on the financial cost of keeping people in prison.
We then go on to talk about the South Australia Cross-border Justices Act of 2009, which allows for the administration of justice across the regions that join South Australia’s borders with Western Australia and the Northern Territory. We ask the Minister whether there are options that would allow prisoners to be kept closer to home, rather than in Port Augusta or Adelaide.
The Minister talks about the Cross-Borders Indigenous Family Violence Program (CBIFVP) and responds to a question about SAPol’s response to call-outs from communities during the night.
We find out whether language interpreters are being used in accordance with the South Australian Policy Framework: Aboriginal Languages Interpreters and Translators of 2014, which requires that all government departments use the services of Aboriginal language interpreters when they’re needed.
Towards the end of the interview, we ask the Minister about emergency plans and services across APY communities.