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1 Dec 2022

Open letter: Aboriginal children belong with family

1 December 2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children belong with their families and communities. They have the right to grow up safe and strong in their culture, with connections to Country. But right now, the NSW Department of Communities and Justice removes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their homes and families at 12 times the rate of their non-Indigenous...

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10 Nov 2022

The ALS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Tickets to the ALS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now sold out. We are looking forward to celebrating 50+ years of resistance, resilience and solidarity with our community and supporters. Attendees please note the following event details (which have also been emailed to you, or the person who booked your table): Date: Friday 11 November 2022 Time: The ALS 50th Anniversary Photo Exhibition and...

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6 Oct 2022

Save the date for the ALS Anniversary Gala Dinner

It gives us great pleasure to announce the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited will be holding a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Friday 11 November 2022. When the Aboriginal Legal Service rose from the streets of Redfern in 1970, it marked the beginning of a movement, inspiring a new wave of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and free legal services around the country. 52...

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24 May 2022

Our call to the child & family sector: help us fix the system NOW for Aboriginal kids

23 May 2022 The NSW Government is currently calling for sector and community responses to its Family Is Culture legislative review discussion paper. Peak Aboriginal organisations AbSec and the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) have jointly published an  alternative briefing paper, outlining our serious concerns with the Government’s framing of the issues and sidelining of community-led reforms. We urge you to consider our...

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16 Dec 2021

Happy festive season from the ALS

UPDATED 7 January 2022 From everyone here at the ALS, we're wishing our clients, community and supporters a happy and safe holiday season. Our staff will be taking a short break over Christmas and New Year to rest and recharge.  All ALS offices will be closed from 5pm Friday 24 December. We will re-open on Monday 10 January 2022. All visitors, volunteers and...

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8 Nov 2021

We call for action on the 2nd anniversary of Family Is Culture

8 November 2021 On the second anniversary since the landmark Family Is Culture report, we have joined with Aboriginal child & family peak AbSec and children's rights advocate Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts to demand action. Family Is Culture revealed widespread deficiencies in the NSW child protection system. It uncovered an out-of-home care system that lacks accountability and maintains a resonance with historical practices of child removal used against...

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18 Oct 2021

ALS Company Member and Board elections 2021

This page was last updated 13 December 2021   The ALS is in the process of electing Company Members and Directors for the period 2021-2024.  Following community meetings in the Northern, Western and Central South Eastern Regions, ALS Company Members have been appointed. Directors will be confirmed shortly. Click on the links below to skip to information relevant to your region: Central...

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21 Sep 2021

White Police and Black Power | Part 6

21 September 2021 Dr Gary Foley is a founder of the Aboriginal Legal Service. To mark our 50th anniversary, we asked him to share his recollections of the racial justice movement in the 1970s and how the ALS began. Below is the conclusion of his essay, White Police and Black Power: The Origins of the Aboriginal Legal Service.  ⫸Missed parts 1-5? Start...

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10 Sep 2021

White Police and Black Power | Part 5

10 September 2021 Dr Gary Foley is a founder of the Aboriginal Legal Service. To mark our 50th anniversary, we asked him to share his recollections of the racial justice movement in the 1970s and how the ALS began. Below is Part 5 of his essay, White Police and Black Power: The Origins of the Aboriginal Legal Service. We will publish the...

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