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Because the forum by Julie Tongs OAM of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service and Jon Stanhope, former ACT Chief Minister had to be cancelled, we are including the following information re the high Aboriginal population in our ACT prison system:
Indigenous Canberrans are now 23% of the ACT’s prison population even though they make up only 1.6% of the ACT population.
On 24 August 2004, when the ACT prison was being planned, the Chief Minister told the Legislative Assembly that indigenous people made up “approximately 9 per cent of the ACT prison population”.
That proportion was then regarded as “unacceptable”. How much less acceptable is the situation 14 years on?
According to the  2020 Productivity Commission:
In the ACT,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are imprisoned at the rate of  2,124.1  per 100,000 of the indigenous adult population, compared with 112.2  per 100,000 for the non-Indigenous population (the so-called crude rates).The rate adjusted for differences in population age structure is 1,602.5, compared with a rate of 107.6 for the non-Indigenous population.
The ACT indigenous corrections age standardised rate is thus 14.9 times greater than for the non-Indigenous population. Rates that do not take age profile differences into account are 18.9 times greater (only Western Australia, at 19 times, is worse).In 2004 the Chief Minister could claim the indigenous imprisonment rate in the ACT was “lower than the national average”.  Not now.
In the context of COVID-19 virus, the large number of indigenous Australians in the overcrowded ACT prison evokes the historical memory of widespread death of aborigines from diseases introduced by the European invaders.
Further information on prison reform and on the Coronavirus and Aboriginal Health can be found at the following link to the March 2020 Winnunga Nimmityjah AHCS newsletter:

#ChangeTheHeart Prayer Service

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Join us in Canberra at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at a prayer service regarding the 26th of January.

Date:  Thursday 17 January 2019

Time:  Service starts at 6pm

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT

Light refreshments provided.

Local contact details:

Rev Kathrine Rainger

Hazel Davies

Rev Tracey Matthews

During this service an offering will be taken up to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian ministry through the Grasstree Gathering  Please consider how you can support this ministry.

Dinner Forum 10 October 2018

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Dinner Forum:

Why Neighbours Matter

Hugh Mackay AO
Hugh is a social researcher and the
bestselling author of 19 books. In
recognition of his pioneering work in social
research, he has been awarded honorary
doctorates by five Australian universities,
elected a Fellow of the Australian
Psychological Society and, in 2015, was
appointed an Officer of the Order of
Australia. His presentation will focus on the
role of compassion in lowering anxiety and
building stronger communities.

Chair: Emeritus Professor John Warhurst AO

Corinna 2 Room at the Southern Cross Club, 92-96 Corinna Street, Woden.
6 for 6:30 pm, Wednesday 10 October

Cost: $65 per person for a 3-course meal with wine, juice & tea/coffee.

SORRY – Bookings now closed

To book: Transfer to “Christians for an Ethical Society” BSB 805-022 account 03310199 and reference with “your-surname Dinner” AND also email bookings to
Send cheque made out to “Christians for an Ethical Society” to CES, 15 Blackhall St, BARTON ACT 2600
Please advise by email to of any dietary requirements or if you have a group booking requiring to be seated together.
SORRY – Bookings now closed