Oz politician's 'prison good for Aboriginies' remark sparks race row

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 08:50 hrs

An Australian politician has sparked a race row after saying prison is good for Aboriginies as 'they get to spend time with their families.'

Bess Price, an MP for the sitting Country Liberal Party made the comments after the Legislative Assembly agreed to changes in mandatory sentencing for violent offenders.

Price, an Aboriginal Australian activist, was responding to the Labor Party's opposition to the law changes, which they said would see prison numbers increase significantly.

According to the Daily Mail, the minister said that jail had benefits for young Aborigines, as they don't get to drink, they don't get into trouble, they are fed three times a day'

'They are in there with their family members, they sleep in their language groups and they all come out of prison much healthier,' she added.

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) said the comments by Price reflect a sad state of affairs, according to ABC.

Several people took to Twitter to voice their annoyance at her comments. (ANI)

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