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28 Apr 2023

Funding crisis to force service freezes within weeks

28 April 2023 Alongside other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) around Australia, we are facing a crisis and calling out for urgent funding relief from the Commonwealth Government. Demand for our services has almost doubled since 2018 but our core Federal Government funding has decreased in real terms. This means we are being pushed harder than ever before. We...

17 Apr 2023

Emergency funding needed to prevent imminent service freezes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE  Issued in partnership with National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement South Australia, Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service EMBARGOED: 4pm, Monday 17 April 2023   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services...

13 Apr 2023

Coroner to deliver findings into fatal police shooting of Aboriginal man Stanley Russell

MEDIA ALERT WHEN: Coronial findings are scheduled for 9:30am, Friday 14 April 2023; to be followed by a press conference outside the court at approximately 11:00 am WHERE: Lidcombe Forensic Medicine and Coroners Court Complex WHAT: Deputy State Coroner, Her Honour Magistrate Forbes will deliver findings into the death of Stanley Russell at 9:30am. After taking a short break to consider the findings, the...

24 Mar 2023

Important news on the future of WATAAS

24 March 2023 Murra Mia Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service has recently been awarded the contract to provide support for Aboriginal renters and public housing tenants in western NSW. This means the ALS will cease operating the Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS) after its current funding expires on 30 June 2023. Murra Mia will begin operating the tenancy services...

20 Mar 2023

NSW election: Aboriginal people deserve a fairer justice system

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Issued in partnership with the NSW Bar Association and Law Society of NSW 20 March 2023   The peak bodies for NSW solicitors and barristers have joined the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) to call for a fairer justice system in the lead-up to the state election. CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited Karly Warner said continued commitment to...

2 Mar 2023

Police oversight body calls for overhaul of consorting laws, disproportionately impacting Aboriginal communities

2 March 2023 JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Issued in partnership with Public Interest Advocacy Centre and NSW Bar Association A new report from the Law Enforcement Conduct Committee (LECC) shows that ‘consorting laws’ are being misused and disproportionately targeting Aboriginal people in NSW, and continue to be used against people under 18. Consorting laws allow police to charge people simply for associating with...

19 Dec 2022

Photos from the ALS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

The ALS 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner was held on 11 November 2022 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Gadigal and Eora land. It was an honour to celebrate our legacy of resistance, resilience and solidarity with our founders and Elders, community, the legal fraternity, staff and supporters. Thank you to all who joined us for this great event, and a special thank...

13 Dec 2022

Legal centres call for all COVID fines to be cancelled, existing fines regime to be reviewed

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE  Issued in partnership with Redfern Legal Centre and Public Interest Advocacy Centre Tuesday 13 December 2022   The NSW Government’s ‘law and order’ response to the pandemic created significant fines debt and damaged community-police relations in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the state, according to a new UNSW Law School report. The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), Redfern...

9 Dec 2022

Aboriginal Legal Service congratulates Sarah Hopkins on District Court appointment

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 9 December 2022   The Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) has congratulated Sarah Hopkins on her appointment as a NSW District Court Judge following yesterday’s announcement by the NSW Attorney General. Ms Hopkins has worked at the ALS since 1997 in various positions, most recently as Principal Solicitor of Justice Projects, Policy and Practice. She is the first...


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