10.06.20. Laws should not apply ‘based on how long we’ve been here or the colour of our skin’! Sky News host Peta Credlin says a person’s standing in a country and their rights and validity should “never be about how long you or an ancestor might have lived there in order to call that place home”. It comes as Indigenous Minister Ken Wyatt has announced he wants an overhaul of the Closing the Gap program in the area of indigenous incarceration given the number of Aboriginal Australians incarcerated has increased from 19 per cent in 2000 to 30 per cent in March 2020. However, Ms Credlin said the ABS has confirmed since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody the “rate at which indigenous people have died in jail has fallen”. “It’s now lower than the rate of deaths in custody for the non-Indigenous prison population”. “Would I be right in assuming we’ll now see a march this weekend against white deaths in custody – no I doubt it,” she said. “That’s the problem of dividing a country like ours, by the colour, of an Australian’s skin”. Ms Credlin said Australians all live under one set of laws and must never allow a situation where “our laws apply differently based on how long we have been here, or the colour of our skin”.
Source: Sky News