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NATSILS Media Release: Genocide, dispossession, stolen children, violence and racism – January 26 is not a date to celebrate

‘Invasion Day’, ‘Survival Day’, ‘Day of Mourning’ – January 26 marks the beginning of genocide, dispossession, stolen children and wages, systemic violence and racism toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in so-called Australia. 

NATSILS Media Release: One year since United Nations slams Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Universal Periodic Review

This week marks one year since United Nations members criticised and questioned the Australian Government’s human rights record against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during a Universal Periodic Review, with Australia overwhelmingly called on to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years. 

NATSILS Media Release: 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since the Royal Commission 30 years ago

NATSILS is saddened and angered to ascertain that since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991, 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lost their lives in custody.

NATSILS Media Release: No more empty commitments – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids’ lives matter

NATSILS is outraged at the announcement that the Meeting of Attorneys General (MAG) “support developing a proposal to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 including with regard to any carve outs, timing and discussion of implementation supports.” 

NATSILS Media Release: Two deaths in three days: Gomeroi man shot dead by police, following the death of Aboriginal man in custody

We are deeply upset, shocked and angered to learn that a 45 year-old Gomeroi man was shot dead by police in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: Nearly a year and a half on and little has been done to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from COVID-19

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) strongly opposes the over-policing, criminalisation and lack of care shown toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: NATSILS Appoints New Executive Officer, Jamie McConnachie

NATSILS is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Officer, Jamie McConnachie. Born and raised in Mount Isa Queensland, Jamie is a proud Waanyi woman and has held various roles as a lawyer representing mob all over Victoria. 

NATSILS Media Release – NATSILS welcomes dedicated funding for Justice Policy Partnership in opportunity to see real change for our people

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) welcomes the announcement of new funding under the Closing the Gap Agreement announced today. While long overdue, the announcement of dedicated resources to commence the historic Justice Policy Partnership, that aims to address the ongoing overincarceratin of our people and deaths in custody, is an opportunity for government to commit ... Read More

NATSILS Media Release – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services condemn new Federal charity laws that threaten our self-determination and endanger the delivery of much needed legal services for our people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services from around the country have banded together to condemn the Federal Government’s proposed new charity laws that pose a very serious threat to self-determination and risk the functioning of their already severely under-funded and under-resourced services.

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: Children continue to be jailed in year since Attorneys-General failed to raise the age

Today marks one year since Australia’s top legal officers failed to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, despite being handed an expert report overwhelmingly recommending that all states and territories and the federal government change laws to keep children out of prison.