Indigenous deaths in custody at record high and public perception of police worst in 10 years, report finds

Fri, 30 Jun 2023 06:08:15 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Indigenous deaths in custody are at their highest in the 15 years that records
have been kept while public perceptions of the honesty and fairness of police
officers has reached a 10-year low, according to new data from the federal
Productivity Commission.

The Report on Government Services also found overcrowding in public housing
is on the rise, while the number of public housing properties of an acceptable
standard has sharply dropped.

The Productivity Commission’s mid-year release includes data on social and
public housing, police services, school and early childhood education, and
vocational training.

The report noted a falling number of deaths in police custody compared with
2007-08, the earliest year in its records, but that the number of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander deaths was “the equal highest number in any year”.

Of 22 deaths in police custody in 2021-22, the Productivity Commission said
eight involved Indigenous people. The only other year with eight Indigenous
deaths was 2016-17.

“These numbers are an increase on deaths in police custody in 2020-21 (17
deaths in total, four of which involved Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people),” it said."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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