JusticeForMrWard

Please boycott Australian companies until the Australian govenment applogises for the death of Mr Ward and those who contributed to it are charged with murder.

Mr Ward a aboriginal elder was found dead after being boiled alive in a security van. There are reports from investigators that temperatures may of  reached 57 degrees Celsius inside the van. Here is the story

http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/799/41166 quote from a prison worker

"...the vehicles are not fit for humans to be transported in. We are just waiting for a death to happen..." Prison Administrator, 2001

another link here from ABC television

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/content/2009/s2598295.htm 


Why are these deaths continuing to happen in our country.  After years of neglect by Labor/Liberal governments people must stop this continued shameful practice. His only crime was a alleged drink driving offense. Why is the outcome always death in custody?

Coroners findings

 http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20090615/ward/ward_finding.pdf

On reading the Coroners report i again get the feeling that a group punishment for such actions should be implemented in law (ie any group involved in prisoner transport should have a bond with the government so that such actions can be imediatley redressed by payment from that bond to the victims family, a million dollar bond held by the government for such situations would make such private organisations involved think twice before letting maintenance on prison vans deteriorate to such a extent) 

Some recommendations made by the Coroner.

Recommendation No. 1 (p.133)
I recommend that a statutory system be put in place which would enable the Inspector of Custodial Services to issue the Department of Corrective Services with a “Show Cause” Notice in cases where the Inspector is aware of issues relating to the human rights and safety of persons in custody.
Recommendation No. 2 (p.134)
I recommend that the terms of section 34 and 39 of the Terrorism (Preventative Detention) Act 2006 be inserted in relevant legislation dealing with the Inspectors powers so that those protections be extended to all persons in custody and to all areas of the Inspector’s jurisdiction.
Bail Issues (p.135
Recommendation No. 3 (136)
I recommend that WA Police review its training procedures to ensure that police officers have a better understanding of the Bail Act 1982.
Recommendation No. 4 (p.137)
I recommend that the Department of the Attorney General not delegate to police officers the powers of a Deputy Registrar of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia under section 26 of
Inquest into the death of Ian Ward page 147.
the Magistrates Court Act 2004 unless the Department can be satisfied that those police officers do have an understanding of the powers and responsibilities of a Deputy Registrar.
Recommendation No. 5 (p.139)
I recommend that the Department of Attorney General review the use of Justices of the Peace, particularly in remote locations, to ensure that Justices performing court duties have received training in their duties and responsibilities and have successfully completed assessments after such training.
Recommendation No. 6 (p.140)
I recommend that the Department of the Attorney General ensures that JPs who perform court duties are monitored regularly to ensure that they are performing their duties appropriately.
Recommendation No. 7 (p.141)
I recommend that the Department of the Attorney General review present procedures to extend the availability of video conferencing and, in the absence of available video conferencing, give consideration to increased use of telephone conferencing so that decisions, particularly those relating to the liberty of the subject, can be wherever possible made by qualified magistrates.
Inquest into the death of Ian Ward page 148.
Recommendation No. 8 (p.142)
I recommend that the Department of the Attorney General review current court procedures with a view to limiting unnecessary transportation of accused persons over long distances.
The Department of Corrective Services (p.142)
Recommendation No. 9 (p.143)
I recommend that the Department of Corrective Services replace the current fleet of prisoner transportation vehicles with vehicles which are both safe and humane.
Recommendation No. 10 (p.143)
I recommend that the Department of Corrective Services ensure that there is in place a replacement strategy and budget to ensure that in future vehicles are replaced on a regular basis and there are no old or unsafe vehicles in use.
Recommendation No. 11 (p.144)
I recommend that the Department of Corrective Services conduct ongoing review of all G4S policies and procedures relating to the welfare of detainees and duty of care to ensure that procedures in place are sufficiently comprehensive and address the known risks.
Inquest into the death of Ian Ward page 149.
Recommendation No. 12 (p.145)
I recommend that the Department of Corrective Services ensure that there are sufficient contract monitors to regularly review operations in regional locations so as to ensure that the prisoner transportation fleet is maintained in a safe manner and that G4S staff are complying with the company’s policies and procedures.
G4S (p.145)
Recommendation No. 13 (p.146)
I recommend that all G4S staff should be provided with appropriately detailed practical training in respect of duty of care obligations and that such training be refreshed on a regular basis for all staff.
Recommendation No. 14 (p.146)
I recommend that G4S arrange training specific to the role of site supervisors in regional locations in respect of management skills and duties in particular in respect of monitoring staff compliance with policies and procedures relating to the welfare of detainees and duty of care.
Inquest into the death of Ian Ward page 150.

Old punk song i modded to celebrate Mr Ward here