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19 Dec 2023

Happy festive season from the ALS

  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 22 December 2023. Our phone lines will be back open from 9am Tuesday 2 January 2024. During...

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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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30 Oct 2023

Unreasonable, unjust, oppressive and improperly discriminatory: watchdog blasts police on STMP

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Monday 30 October 2023 A scathing report from the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) says NSW Police use of the Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) against young people ‘amounted to agency maladministration’ and ‘could possibly meet the threshold for serious misconduct’. It recognises the STMP policy followed by police was unreasonable, unjust, oppressive and improperly discriminatory in its effect...

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25 Oct 2023

NSW Police contribute to widening the gap – they must share responsibility for closing it

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 25 October 2023 NSW Police must share responsibility for Closing the Gap, says the Aboriginal Legal Service in response to a new report assessing how police work with Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is concerned that it was not consulted on the new blueprint for police engagement with Aboriginal communities before its launch in August...

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23 Oct 2023

New legal support for Aboriginal people experiencing workplace mistreatment

MEDIA RELEASE Monday 23 October 2023 The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) has today launched its Employment Law Service, the first specialist sexual harassment and discrimination legal service in NSW that’s for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers and run by an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation. The ALS Employment Law Service offers free and confidential legal support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

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16 Oct 2023

Legal advice for families to keep kids at home

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Monday 16 October 2023 A new way of working in child protection cases across NSW should see more families stay together, with changes to practice in care matters designed to ensure lawyers can provide early help and avoid unnecessary separation of children from their families. Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service, and the Department of Communities  and Justice...

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12 Oct 2023

NSW drug reforms are promising but must be strengthened to close the gap

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 12 October 2023 The NSW Government’s new drug reform legislation is a welcome step towards sensible, fair and evidence-based drug policy. Yet the proposed diversion scheme relies on police discretion, meaning Aboriginal people will continue to be disproportionately harmed by the state’s drug laws. “We all want to see smart and realistic drug laws that result in better access...

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20 Sep 2023

Family Is Culture Community Report Card

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE  Wednesday 20 September 2023  Family Is Culture Community Report Card (September 2023)  NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation (AbSec) and the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd (ALS) have today launched their most recent Community Report Card evaluating the government's progress towards addressing critical deficiencies in the NSW child protection system. Continuing the disappointing trend highlighted in previous...

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