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Mentally Impaired Accused (CLIMIA)

Western Australians with mental illness or disability deemed unfit to stand trial or not guilty due to unsound mind can be detained indefinitely under the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (CLMIA) without ever having been convicted of a crime.

They may not have had evidence against them tested in court and they have no right to appeal a decision which places them under an indefinite custody order.  This is unjust.

Diversionary Courts: Gambling

Gambling is a popular form of entertainment for many Western Australians. Unfortunately, for some, it is highly addictive. A gambling disorder affects about 1% of Australian adults, with people who have experienced relationship breakdown; those who are unemployed; people from low socio-economic backgrounds; young people and people with a history of alcohol or drug-misuse, over represented. Calls to the Problem Gambling Helpline WA have increased 20% since 2016-17, according to the Gaming and Wagering Commission.  


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