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20 Feb 2024

Police officer charged on 2nd anniversary of Jai Wright’s death

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 20 February 2024 The family and lawyers of Dunghutti teenager Jai Kalani Wright have welcomed a decision to lay criminal charges on the police officer whose car collided with the trail bike Jai was riding two years ago. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) charged the officer with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning...

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7 Feb 2024

Aboriginal Legal Service celebrates the life of Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue

MEDIA RELEASE Aboriginal Legal Service celebrates the life of Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue  With great sadness and admiration, the Aboriginal Legal Service mourns the passing of Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, a warrior who fought tenaciously for the rights, health, and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.   “The resistance has lost a truly courageous leader and we extend our deepest condolences to her...

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6 Feb 2024

Aboriginal children bear the brunt of ‘protection’ system failures

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 6 February 2024 In response to recent public scrutiny of the NSW child protection system, Aboriginal organisations are reissuing their calls for reform to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and prevent more children from entering out-of-home care. Aboriginal children make up 44 per cent¹ of those living in the out-of-home care system, with the NSW Department of...

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1 Feb 2024

Hanging points remain in prison where Aboriginal man took his life

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 1 February 2024 A coronial inquest heard today that vulnerable people are still being held in cells with hanging points in a NSW prison unit where an Aboriginal man took his life. Proud Darkinjung man and father of two, Timothy Garner died on 7 July 2018 while held on remand at the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre (MRRC) in...

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30 Jan 2024

Coroner to deliver findings in death in custody of Aboriginal man Timothy Garner

MEDIA ALERT WHAT: Deputy State Coroner, his Honour Magistrate Lee will deliver findings for the coronial inquest into the death of Timothy Garner. A Smoking Ceremony will be held outside the court prior to the findings. WHEN: Thursday 1 February, 9:00am Smoking Ceremony followed by 9:30am court session WHERE: NSW State Coroner’s Court, 1A Main Ave, Lidcombe   Proud Darkinjung man and father...

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30 Jan 2024

Coroner refers Jai Wright’s death for potential criminal charges

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 30 January 2024 State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan has suspended the inquest into the death of Dunghutti teenager Jai Kalani Wright, and has referred the matter to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether a criminal charge should be laid.  Jai died on 20 February 2022 after an unmarked police car collided with the trail bike...

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25 Jan 2024

Statement in solidarity with the people of Palestine

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 25 January 2024 On the eve of our Survival Day, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is called by conscience to speak up for the people of Palestine in their ongoing Nakba – their 75-year-old catastrophe. We stand with the Palestinian people, as we do with all colonised peoples. In our shared mourning, we uphold the tradition of...

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12 Dec 2023

Action needed to prevent police violations of vulnerable people’s right to silence

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 12 December 2023 The Aboriginal Legal Service is calling on NSW Police and the Attorney General to take urgent action after an independent inquiry found “a systemic problem” of police interviewing vulnerable people against their accepted legal advice. Under NSW law, ‘vulnerable persons’ include children under 18, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other groups. “An accused person’s...

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6 Nov 2023

Prisons will never be safe, but returning them to public ownership is a step in the right direction

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 6 November 2023 The Aboriginal Legal Service welcomes the NSW Government’s move to de-privatise Junee Correctional Centre, urging the Government to follow through with bringing all private prisons back into public hands. “Prisons are inherently harmful and dangerous places, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are still dying in custody,” said Karly Warner, CEO of the...

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