Sunday, February 17, 2013
Black Australian politician sparks race row after saying prison is good for Aborigines as 'it means they get to spend time with their families'
Rather sadly, the lady is right. Young Aborigines are very prone to extreme alcohol abuse. And they are often locked up for committing crimes whilst intoxicated
An Australian politician has sparked a race row after saying prison is good for Aboriginies as 'it means they get to spend time with their families.'
Bess Price, an MP for the sitting Country Liberal Party made the comments after the Legislative Assembly agreed to changes in mandatory sentencing for violent offenders.
Price, an Aboriginal Australian activist, was responding to the Labor Party's opposition to the law changes, which they said would see prison numbers increase significantly.
The member for Stuart argued that jail had benefits for young Aborigines. 'While they are being imprisoned, they don't get to drink, they don't get into trouble, they are fed three times a day,' she said.
'They are in there with their family members. 'They sleep in their language groups and they all come out of prison much healthier.'
Labor's Member for Nhulunbuy, Lynne Walker, said Price's comments were a 'sad indictment it is, of where our system is,' reported TNT magazine.
She told Parliament she was saddened by Ms Price's statement and said it painted a disturbing scenario.