Morning mail: Australia’s ‘national shame’, vaccine rollout disarray, Biden tackles gun control

Morning mail: Australia’s ‘national shame’, vaccine rollout disarray, Biden tackles gun control

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Friday: New research shows at least 474 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in police custody or prison since 1991. Plus: ‘Mrs World’ on-stage fracas

Australia’s vaccine rollout has suffered a major setback, more concerns about Liberal MP Andrew Laming’s behaviour, and the number of Aboriginal deaths in custody continues to be a “national shame”. This is Imogen Dewey with the morning’s major news stories on Friday 9 April.

At least 474 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in police and prison custody since the royal commission handed down its final report in 1991, new research has revealed. To mark the 30th anniversary, Guardian Australia has updated “Deaths inside” which tracks every known Indigenous death in custody from 2008. At least five of those deaths happened since the beginning of March this year. Linda Burney, a Wiradjuri woman and Labor’s spokesperson for Indigenous Australians, is calling for the federal government to fund a real-time reporting system and an independent audit of the commission’s recommendations. “This just can’t continue,” she said.

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