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Sep 9, 2011

The Australian Mental Health Human Rights and Law Reform Coalition Demands Investigation of 975 Deaths

Ministerial Office

Level 1, 1 Treasury place

Melbourne, VICTORIA

Phone(03) 9651 5000 Fax(03) 9651 5054

Internet Ministerial Office email address

Dear Mr. Baillieu,
It's time to take the deaths of the 975 people who died 
between 2006-2010 while under the protection, care and treatment of the Victorian Mental Health System and subject to the Victorian Mental Act 1986 seriously.

International Human Rights norms, which are now enshrined in the Victorian Human Rights and Responsiblities Act, 2006, stipulate that the right to life is not adequately protected unless deaths are investigated by a body that is genuinely independent of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, given sufficient powers and resources to undertake rigorous and effective investigations, subject to public scrutiny, and able to facilitate full participation by the family of the victim.

" Every person has the right to life and has the right not to be arbitarily deprived of life."
Section 9, Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act, 2006

It's time Victoria took urgent steps to prevent more deaths from happening. We cannot put off creating an Independent body to investigate these deaths any longer.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Oke

Australian Mental Health Human Rights Law Reform Coalition

Greg Oke

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