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30 Nov 2021

“Incompetence and lack of humanity”: substandard prison healthcare leading to deaths in custody

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 30 November 2021   Ahead of appearing before a parliamentary inquiry into the Coroner’s Court on Tuesday morning, the Aboriginal Legal Service is urging parliamentarians to address the deficit in healthcare across NSW prisons. Sarah Crellin, Acting Principal Legal Officer at the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS), is appearing before the Inquiry into the Coronial Jurisdiction in New...

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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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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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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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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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