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NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: Aboriginal legal services vindicated by government review recommending significant funding increase

After months of sounding the alarm on a funding crisis, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services are vindicated today by the findings of an independent review of the legal assistance sector commissioned by government.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: Budget treats First Nations justice as an afterthought

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services across the country will have to continue getting by on a shoestring after the Federal Budget failed to provide meaningful relief. 

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: State governments turn away from Closing the Gap and blindly implement failed ‘anti-violence’ strategies that increase violence

Responding to the announcement of a new youth curfew in Alice Springs, continued fearmongering and even threats of a new “intervention”, the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) says state governments around Australia have proven themselves incapable of a basic history lesson.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: Small increase to ATSILS funding will help keep the lights on, but won’t stop all service freezes

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.

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

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.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: “Yet again, the Budget lets our people down” – Lack of funding for Aboriginal Legal Services further entrenches our people into the justice system

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) is concerned that no additional funding for legal assistance services or peak justice body will further see our people disproportionately overrepresented in the criminal legal system.

NATSILS Media Release: Young Noongar man dies in custody in Perth

NATSILS is deeply saddened to learn of the death of young Noongar man in Perth’s Hakea prison over the weekend. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

NATSILS AND CHANGE THE RECORD MEDIA STATEMENT: ROLFE VERDICT

Change the Record and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services have expressed their dismay that once again an Aboriginal person has died in custody with no consequences. 

Joint Media Release: The use of spit hoods and restraint chairs on NT children, a national shame

Peak national justice, child welfare and advocacy groups have joined calls for the Northern Territory Government to stop using spit hoods and restraints on children. ACOSS, Change the Record, NATSILS, Save the Children and the Human Rights Law Centre call on the NT Government to implement recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children, as promised.

NATSILS MEDIA RELEASE: “Our worst fears realised” – COVID-19 prison outbreaks risk Black deaths in custody

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) is extremely concerned at reports of growing COVID-19 infection rates in prisons across the country, and the real risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody.