Nerita Waite, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) and CO-Chair of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), welcomes the announcement of the Attorney-General to decriminalise public drunkenness and replace it with a health-based response
The development comes just days before the Coronial Inquest into the death in custody of Tanya Day, a proud Yorta Yorta Woman.
Tanya Day passed away in December 2017 after being arrested for public drunkenness whilst asleep on a train. While she was detained in a police cell Tanya Day sustained a fatal head injury and passed several weeks after.
Nerita Waite, CEO of VALS, says Tanya days' family has been advocating tirelessly ensuring other families do not suffer the loss of a mother or grandmother in similar circumstances.
The family welcomes the decision to decriminalise public drunkenness, whilst also acknowledging that the reforms should have come decades earlier.