Constituency Question- Correction
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (11:49): (2690) My constituency question is for the Minister for Corrections. Yesterday in my members statement I said an Indigenous Victorian was twice as likely to end up incarcerated as a non-Indigenous Victorian, and after reflection I would like to correct the record on that. I fear the reality is worse than I stated.
The proportion of Indigenous incarceration is not double. Given that only 0.15 per cent of Victorians are incarcerated, the figures would suggest an Indigenous person’s chance of being incarcerated is significantly higher than the majority of our population. So I ask the minister: what steps are being taken by the Andrews Labor government to address the over-representation of Indigenous Victorians, and therefore my Indigenous constituents in Mount Waverley, in our justice system? I look forward to the minister’s response.