Media | NATSILS - Part 14

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Frontline legal service delivery cuts planned as funding cuts loom -13 March 2015

Today, the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services NATSILS, called upon the federal government to reverse their decision of funding cuts to member organisations across the country.

NATSILS Welcomes Labor Party Commitment to Addressing Family Violence – 4 March 2015

Today National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) welcomed the Labor Party’s commitment to addressing the crisis levels of family violence through additional funding and a National Crisis Summit.

Significant impact of funding cuts to legal assistance services emphasised on anniversary of National Apology – 15 February 2015

On the anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, the peak bodies for Community Legal Centres (CLCs), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) and Family Violence Prevention Legal Centres (FVPLS) call on the Australian Government to end uncertainty about funding and provide direct and adequate levels of Commonwealth funding to legal assistance services.

‘Smarter, safer approach to justice critical in Closing the Gap’ – 13 February 2015

A group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations meeting in Sydney today have called for national leadership to address the crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and create safer communities.

Funding cuts ‘a blow to the heart of the justice system’: NT Chief Justice – 9 February 2015

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) has called on the Prime Minister to intervene to prevent funding cuts that the Northern Territory Chief Justice has said will “strike a blow to the heart of the justice system”.

Productivity Commission calls for $200m funding injection for legal assistance services as cuts loom – 3 December 2014

Today the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) welcome the release of the Productivity Commission’s Access to Justice Arrangements Report which argues against the funding cuts announced by the Commonwealth Government, which are said to be targeted at defunding law reform and advocacy activities, and calls for an annual injection of $200m to the legal assistance sector.

Leading Aboriginal & rights organisations say Social Justice Commissioner’s recommendations must be actioned – 27 November 2014

A coalition of national Aboriginal, human rights and campaign organisations from across Australia have today welcomed the release of the 2014 Social Justice Report, and called on governments around the country to implement the recommendations. The broad based coalition is working together to develop new approaches to tackle the unacceptable rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment and create ... Read More

Government back flips on justice commitment as incarceration rates soar – 21 November 2014

Just as this week’s Productivity Commission Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report revealed a shocking increase of almost 60 percent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates over the last decade, NATSILS are disappointed to hear that the Government has back flipped on its commitment to introduce justice targets as part of the Closing the Gap policy agenda, a move which ... Read More

Latest evidence shows continued deterioration in justice outcomes – 19 November 2014

Today, as the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Findings 2014 Report is released, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) call for a new and more effective approach that addresses the underlying causes of crime as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates continue to rise.

NATSILS supports reinstatement of direct funding to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services – 22 August 2014

Today the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) strongly support calls by the National Family Violence and Prevention Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS Forum) to have direct funding reinstated.