26 November 2018
WE THANK GANG OF YOUTHS FOR DONATING TO THE ALS
The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) thanks indie rock band Gang of Youths, for their support of our work in helping Aboriginal people achieve social justice.
Through our partnership with PLUS1, an initiative linking touring artists with high impact organizations fighting for social justice, Gang of Youths has agreed to donate a percentage of ticket sales from their run of sold-out Sydney concerts, to the ALS and the services we provide to our communities.
“Everyone at the ALS would like to thank Gang of Youths for this incredibly generous gesture – it’s sorely needed,” the A/CEO of the ALS, Janelle Clarke, said today.
“Last financial year, ALS provided 52,589 legal assistance services to our vulnerable clients across communities in NSW and the ACT – an increase of over 8% from the previous year.”
“Yet funding for our vital services, through the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP), both under review and funding under the ILAP is
only guaranteed until 2020.”
“Thereafter, on present information and despite our increasing workloads, it appears that our funding will decrease by a projected $1.2 million based on our current proportion of ILAP funding, which will have dire consequences on our ability to provide adequate, culturally-sensitive legal and support services to Aboriginal people and their families.”
“The successful Custody Notification Service (CNS), run by the ALS and introduced as a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, is also in limbo, only funded until 30 June 2019.”
“It’s why the PLUS1 initiative is a great boost to the ALS during this challenging time for us.”
Gang of Youths is also lending its international voice to the ALS’ ongoing campaign against the NSW Government’s forced adoption of Aboriginal kids in out-of-home care.