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Happy NAIDOC Week

04 Jul 2016

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous read more

Justice reinvestment in Bourke a model for other communities

04 Jul 2016

A recent visit to Bourke NSW has assisted CEO Gary Oliver with further insight into how the local Aboriginal community is progressing with one of the first justice reinvestment trials in Australia. For the last two years the Bourke Aboriginal community th read more

Welcoming overhaul of child protection system in NSW

22 Jun 2016

ALS welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement of their intention to reform the child protection and out of home care systems over the next four years. Gary Oliver, CEO of Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) says the ALS has long advocated for the f read more

Federal Labor pledges funding for ALS

10 Jun 2016

Australian Labor visited ALS Redfern today to pledge a reversal of scheduled Federal government funding cuts to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services if they won government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander read more

NATSILS help launch 'The Redfern Statement'

09 Jun 2016

NATSILS came together to help launch the The Redfern Statement with Aboriginal Peak Bodies from around Australia on 9 June 2016. The Redfern Statement outlines major concerns and a comprehensive list of changes they want to see happen in Federal governmen read more

Child removal not warranted

01 Jun 2016

This case reflecting unwarranted and unethical child removal based on Section 13 of the Child and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act shows how important it is to know your rights so that we all can continue to fight for the well-being of children in t read more

New interim Chair

01 Jun 2016

An ALS Board meeting in May 2016 saw a change of guard with Bunja Smith from the Central South East region elected as interim Chair. read more

Legal bodies come together in Taree

30 May 2016

During Law Week we joined together with the mid north coast Community Legal Centre, Legal Aid and the Department of Fair Trading NSW to provide information to locals at the Taree City Centre. We talked to many people and heard many stories, and in additio read more

A country built on the blood of blacks: Stolen Generations speak

27 May 2016

This year’s National Sorry Day was none like I’d ever experienced before. I sat amongst Uncles and Aunties who are survivors of the Stolen Generations, listening to their stories, seeing the pain flash across their face as they struggle to speak, too over read more

Today is National Sorry Day

26 May 2016

The first Sorry Day was held in 1998 - one year after the release of the Bringing Them Home Report. The purpose of today is to 'commemorate the history of forcible removal and its effects'. Between 1910 - 1970 at least 100,000 Aboriginal children were for read more