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22 Nov 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service invites community to elect Company Members

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 22 November 2021   The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is pleased to confirm a community meeting in Redfern to elect Company Members, after a previous election meeting was postponed due to COVID. Company Members play an important role in community-controlled governance of the ALS. To be eligible to become a Director on the organisation’s Board, candidates must...

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15 Nov 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service bitterly disappointed by moves to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12; urges NSW Parliament to raise the age to at least 14

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 15 November 2021   The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is bitterly disappointed by a move by Australia’s attorneys-general to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12 instead of 14. A formal announcement from state attorneys-general is expected today or tomorrow after an agreement to ‘support developing a proposal’ was made on Friday. The ALS rejects this...

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11 Nov 2021

Shoebridge Bill highlights need for action to raise the age

MEDIA RELEASE Joint release with PIAC and Just Reinvest NSW Monday 11 November 2021   An alliance of community, legal, and First Nations justice organisations has welcomed the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Amendment (Age of Criminal Responsibility) Bill 2021, introduced to NSW Parliament this morning by David Shoebridge MLC. This Bill would raise the age of criminal responsibility in NSW to 14, creating...

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1 Nov 2021

New data shows burden of excessive COVID policing on court system

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 1 November 2021   The Aboriginal Legal Service is warning that excessive fines and charges issued by NSW Police will have an unsustainable impact on courts and slow the state’s recovery from COVID-19. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) recently reported that NSW Police issued an extraordinary 36,597 COVID-19 public health order breaches in July and August...

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12 Oct 2021

Death of Aboriginal man Gordon Copeland to be investigated in coronial inquiry

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 12 October 2021   The Aboriginal Legal Service is preparing to represent the family of Gomeroi man Gordon Copeland in a coronial inquest after his body was identified yesterday. Gordon, 22, was last seen alive in the Gwydir River near Moree after a police incident in the early hours of 10 July. His family say he was a passenger...

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16 Sep 2021

‘We cannot fine our way out of the pandemic’: Legal profession calls on NSW Premier to revoke unlawful COVID-19 fines

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 16 September 2021   Over 100 prominent members of the legal, academic and political profession have endorsed an open letter sent to the NSW Premier, calling on the NSW Government to revoke wrongly issued COVID-19 fines. The letter is a response to concerns among the legal fraternity that COVID-19 fines have been incorrectly issued by police to people undertaking lawful...

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24 Aug 2021

Police must exercise discretion to avoid further COVID harm to Aboriginal communities

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 24 August 2021, 3:45 pm   The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) has issued an urgent demand for NSW Police to use discretion in applying public health orders, warning that excessive fines and charges will only cause further harm to communities. The ALS has received multiple calls from Aboriginal people fined and charged for breaching the public health orders...

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20 Aug 2021

Aboriginal Legal Service condemns Police Commissioner’s carte blanche for officers to “get it wrong”

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 20 August 2021, 1:30 pm   The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) is deeply concerned by the NSW Police Commissioner’s pledge to not hold officers to account for wrongly applying public health orders. The ALS has previously cautioned against NSW Police using COVID-19 restrictions as an excuse to target Aboriginal people. “When the message from the top is that...

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