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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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8 Apr 2022

Remembering Douglas 'Mootijah' Shillingsworth

8 April 2022 Douglas 'Mootijah' Shillingsworth died in custody following an ear infection – otitis media, a common health issue in Aboriginal communities. He was 44 years old, a proud Budjiti and Murrawarri man. A coronial inquest heard evidence about Mootijah’s untimely death in early April 2022. The Coroner will deliver findings at a later date. Mootijah leaves behind a large and...

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14 Feb 2022

ALS confirms new and returning Directors

14 February 2022 We are pleased to confirm the new ALS Board of Directors, following community elections in 2021 and an Annual General Meeting in January 2022 (which had been delayed due to COVID). The following people have been voted onto our Board for the period 2021-2024: Jason Allan (Northern Region) Avery Brown (Northern Region) Helen Brown (Northern Region) Robert Carroll (Western...

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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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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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12 Aug 2021

ALS offices temporarily closed to the public

12 August 2021 All ALS offices are temporarily closed to the public due to the COVID-19 outbreak – but we're still here for you. Our staff are still working. Wherever possible, we are offering assistance over the phone or audio-visual link. We continue to provide representation at courts across NSW and the ACT. As always, if you need legal help, you can call...

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6 Aug 2021

White Police and Black Power | Part 4

6 August 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 4 of his essay, White Police and Black Power: The Origins of the Aboriginal Legal Service.  ⫸Missed parts 1, 2...

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30 Jul 2021

White Police and Black Power | Part 3

30 July 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 3 of his essay, White Police and Black Power: The Origins of the Aboriginal Legal Service.  ⫷Missed parts 1 and...

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