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Media Releases

The National Peak Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) has released an open letter from over 100 organisations calling for the next Federal Government to commit to retaining the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).

The National Peak Body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services  welcomes the overturning of the planned and ongoing cuts to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, introduced in a 2013 ongoing savings measure.

NATSILS urges the Attorney-General to take immediate action on the findings of the Government’s Independent Review into the Indigenous Legal Assistance Programme (ILAP). NATSILS welcomes the report and is calling for the Government to overturn impending $10 million in cuts from next year and urgently inject funds to end mass incarceration and legal injustices including housing and child protection.

The National Peak Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) joining with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies across Australia, w‚Äčelcomes today’s announcement that COAG has agreed to a formal partnership approach to the Closing the Gap Refresh.

Australia will come under the United Nation’s microscope for its compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in February next year.  According to a new report, Australia is on the path to international embarrassment for its treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Change the Record has questioned the report released by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion yesterday, which claims that the majority of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) have been implemented. 

A chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations have called on the Federal Government to provide a formal response to the recommendations contained in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Pathways to Justice report. 

The national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) today called for a national roll out of mandatory custody notification services in response to alarming findings from The Guardian Australia’s ‘Deaths Inside’ project.
The national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) today called for a national roll out of mandatory custody notification services in response to alarming findings from The Guardian Australia’s ‘Deaths Inside’ project.

The National peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) is throwing support behind the latest finding from the Law Council’s Justice Project for an urgent injection of at least $390 million per annum of funds into legal services.