News & Action
Submission to Review of Police Oversight
CLCNSW was invited to make a submission to the Review of Police Oversight.
Journal article on police complaints research published
An article was published in the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal (Volume 25/2, May 2014) on the Police Complaints Research conducted by with CLCNSW.
Submission on police critical incidents
CLCNSW was invited to make a submission to the Review of the Investigation and Oversight of Police Critical Incidents.
Petition calling for Independent Police Complaints Body in NSW has been launched
The petition, addressed to the NSW Parliament, has been put together by New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), ACON and the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC).
The petition call for legislation that that "reforms the current system and creates an independent, transparent, accountable, accessible and well-resourced complaints body with strong investigatory powers as a matter of urgency".
CLCNSW has been calling for reform of the NSW police complaints system for some time now, and this petition is consistent with our recommendations.
Submission about Police Accountability as part of the National Human Rights Action Plan
The National Police Accountability Network made a submission on the draft National Human Rights Action Plan, focussing on the "Action" which relates to police accountability. The submission, available here, argues that the "Action" contained in the draft is not sufficient to advance the fullfulment of human rights in Australia, nor to comply with Internatinal human rights requirements.
Community Legal Centres NSW is an active participant in the National Police Accountability Network.
Police Deaths Need an Independent Watchdog
Anna Brown, Director of Strategic Litigation at the Human Rights Law Resource Centre, writes about the need for an independent watchdog in cases of police-invovled deaths: New Matilda, 20 Feb 2012. As Ms Brown says
"Imagine the outcry if employers were vested with responsibility for investigating deaths in their workplace.
Or if AFL clubs were left to investigate whether their players should be suspended for on-field incidents."
Survey on Experiences and Perceptions of the NSW Police Complaints system
Lawyers and client advocates in the community sector in NSW are asked about their experiences with, and perceptions of, the NSW police complaints system. The survey was led by Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty of the Australian Graduate School of Policing (Charles Sturt University), in partnership with CLCNSW. A summary of the responses can be found here.
Greater independence and impartiality in Queensland's police accountability system
Following the flawed investigation into the death of Mr Doomagee on Palm Island, in August 2011 the Queensland Government agreed to introduce greater independence and impartiality into Queensland's police accountability system. Two key improvements are:
- Over the next two years the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission will be required to progressively remove all seconded serving and former Queensland police officers from its police-related misconduct work; and
- The Crime and Misconduct Commission will have greater powers in relation to disciplinary findings and action
Further information is on the Crime and Misconduct Commission website.