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Tireless advocacy by the Day family leads to decriminalisation of public drunkenness

Tanya Day passed away in December 2017 after being arrested for public drunkenness

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.

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