Submission to The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - June 2017

a consequence of the proposed legislation is that Aboriginal people will  forego access to legal advice and/or a prisoner’s friend in custody. Access to fair trial  rights such as the right to silence and the privilege against self-incrimination will be  severely restricted, with the effect of unfairly incriminating Aboriginal people. Such a law  will almost certainly increase the over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison.

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