This was and always will be aboriginal land. Jo will continue to push for indigenous recognition, justice reinvestment and for reconciliation with our State's first people.

Indigenous Australians

The Aboriginal Flag will permanently fly on the Sydney Harbour Bridge if Labor is elected to government in March 2019. Currently, the Aboriginal flag flies on top of the Australian icon for only 15 days of the year, on occasions such as Australia Day and during NAIDOC week and Reconciliation Week.

February 08, 2018

Indigenous Australians

On 20 September this year, Tane Chatfield died in custody at Tamworth Correctional Centre. He was 22 years old. A few months earlier, in August, a 47-year-old Indigenous man was found unconscious in his cell at Adelaide City Watch House. In July this year, father of five Eric Whittaker died of a brain haemorrhage at Parklea Correctional Centre, with varying accounts of his death given to his family. Eric's cousin David Dungay had also died in custody, two years before. These men are just the latest in a shamefully long line of Indigenous Australians to die in custody. Of course, behind each of these tragic cases lies a hard truth, one best told in numbers.

October 10, 2017

Indigenous Australians

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for Australians to stop and reflect on the unfinished business of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. As a nation we must acknowledge the actions of the past that have brought so much pain to Indigenous Australians and we must recognise the ongoing disadvantage that they face.

May 24, 2017

Indigenous Australians

I call on the Minister for Corrections to launch a full inquiry into youth detention. We want to know how we can stop failing our young people.

November 08, 2016

Indigenous Australians

Jo Haylen, Member for Summer Hill, today called for a broad inquiry into youth detention practices in NSW after leaked documents showed children have been locked up in isolation for as much as 22 hours a day.  

October 27, 2016

Indigenous Australians

Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill, has called on the Government to commit to Change the Record’s Blueprint to close the gap in indigenous incarceration by 2040. 

September 09, 2016

Indigenous Australians

Today is a day to celebrate the proud and enduring culture of indigenous Australians, a culture that stretches back over 40,000 years and which represents the oldest living culture in the world.

August 09, 2016

Indigenous Australians

I was proud to host some of Summer Hill's most outstanding Indigenous students this week and to announce Isaac Bamblett of De La Salle College Ashfield as the Summer Hill Aboriginal Student of the Year.

August 03, 2016

Indigenous Australians

A motion calling on the Government to engage with the catastrophic levels of indigenous incarceration and to ensure that the abuse shown on Four Corners does not and cannot happen in New South Wales.

August 02, 2016

Indigenous Australians

Member for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, has called on the Abbott and Baird governments to stop squabbling over funding arrangements for the Custody Notification Service (CNS) and provide certainty to the support line for indigenous people in police custody.

July 06, 2015