A home for justice, traced back in Aboriginal history

JUSTICE HUB: At the official opening yesterday were (from left) Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley), Attorney-General Robert Clark, developer Gerald Judd and John Duck from the Department of Justice.

RESPECTED Aboriginal elders and dignitaries yesterday filled the Hume Region Justice Service Centre at Wangaratta to mark its official opening.

In what was a dual-event, the gathering also launched the third phase of the Hume Region’s Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA), which aims to improve the effectiveness of the justice system in relation to the Indigenous community.

Pangerang elder, Uncle Fred Dowling, set the scene, highlighting the importance of justice.

He noted the site was once a camping spot for local tribes, where justice would sometimes be delivered.

“Once all children grew up understanding and knowing the law of their tribe, therefore there were no jails in those days,” he said.

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