To be silent is to be complicit. We stand with movements around the world, and here in Australia, calling for an end to systemic racism. We stand in support of those calling for an end to police brutality in Australia and around the world. We also recognise the ongoing and historic injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. 

White Australia has been built on the attempted destruction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and identities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the most incarcerated people on Earth. Since the 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, more than 400 Aboriginal people have lost their lives in custody.

We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, and that of the 432 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody, there have been no murder convictions to date. These deaths have all occurred since the Royal Commission ended in 1991.

NUPSA stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who have been impacted by deaths in custody and those who have been affected by police brutality in Australia and around the world.

We join the call for social and legislative change to disrupt forces of systemic discrimination and racial injustice. The violence, degradation and dispossession experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has gone on for too long with little consequence or reparations. The time for change is now.

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