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      Date: 22 December 2013 10:49
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: NATSILS Factsheet: funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
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      NATSILS Factsheet:
      funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services


      Newsletter date: 22 December 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/21/wgar-news-natsils-factsheet-funding-cuts-to-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-legal-servi

      Contents:

      * NATSILS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services: Government to defund Aboriginal Legal Services Peak Body and all Law Reform and Policy Positions
      * NATSILS Factsheet: funding cuts to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
      * CAALAS - Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service: Cuts to Aboriginal legal aid will silence Aboriginal communities
      * NACCHO political health news: Abbott Government cuts to impact on Aboriginal health
      * SNAICC News: Media Release 18 December 2013 - Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services
      * ANTaR: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will undermine action on Aboriginal jobs and education
      * ANTaR: Take Action: Abbott Government delivers a blow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice
      * Oxfam Australia Media: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will widen the gap
      * WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Abbott’s legal aid cuts a bad sign for justice in WA
      * Greens Senator Penny Wright: Abbott's cruel cuts will raise indigenous prison rates
      * ABC PM: Funding cuts to cripple Indigenous legal services [Featuring NATSILS chairman, Shane Duffy]
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Government defunding NATSILS makes no sense
      * Human Rights Law Centre: Aboriginal legal service cuts will make justice more remote
      * Amnesty International Australia: Legal cuts a massive blow for Indigenous Australians
      * Equality Rights Alliance: NATSIWA calls for a halt to funding cuts
      * Mid North Coast Greens: The Government has proposed cuts to the funding for Aboriginal legal services and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      * Australian Human Rights Commission: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at risk [Cuts to Aboriginal legal aid]
      * The Guardian: Five questions to Amy McQuire: on Australia's two worlds - one for black and one for white [Includes cuts to Aboriginal legal aid]
      * News.com.au : More indigenous in jail without legal aid
      * Videos on the cuts to Aboriginal legal aid
      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * NATSILS - NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LEGAL SERVICES:
      GOVERNMENT TO DEFUND ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES PEAK BODY
      AND ALL LAW REFORM AND POLICY POSITIONS



      - Media Release

      NATSILS - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services:
      Government to defund Aboriginal Legal Services Peak Body
      and all Law Reform and Policy Positions - 17 December 2013

      http://www.natsils.org.au/News/MediaReleases.aspx
      http://www.natsils.org.au/portals/natsils/Media%20Releases/17-12-13%20NATSILS%20MR%20Govt%20to%20defund%20NATSILS%20and%20all%20ATSILS%20Law%20Reform%20and%20Policy%20Positions.pdf
      17 Dec 13: "Federal Government cuts to Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Legal Services will mean that even
      more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will
      not be able to access essential legal services and will
      further entrench Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      peoples as second class citizens in their own country,
      says the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
      Services peak body.
      The Abbott Government is set to announce the defunding of
      the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
      Services (NATSILS), the national peak body for Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), and of
      all Law Reform and Policy Officer positions within each
      State and Territory based ATSILS, in order to make an annual
      saving of $3m from the 2014-2015 financial year onwards. ... "


      * NATSILS FACTSHEET:
      FUNDING CUTS TO ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LEGAL SERVICES



      - Factsheet

      NATSILS FACTSHEET
      Funding Cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (Dec 13)

      http://www.natsils.org.au/PolicyAdvocacy.aspx
      http://www.natsils.org.au/portals/natsils/submission/Funding%20Cuts%20Factsheet%20Dec%202013.pdf
      December 2013: "What are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services? ...
      How are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services funded?
      ...
      What funding cuts has the Australian Government announced?
      ...
      What impact will these cuts have?
      ...
      Will the cuts affect "frontline" services?
      ...
      What can you do to help?
      ... "


      * CAALAS - CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID SERVICE:
      CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID WILL SILENCE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES



      - Media Release

      CAALAS - Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service:
      Cuts to Aboriginal legal aid will silence Aboriginal communities

      http://www.caalas.com.au/MEDIA.aspx
      http://www.caalas.com.au/Portals/caalas/Media%20releases/CAALAS%20Media%20Release%20-%20Funding%20Cuts%20Announcement%20-%2018%20December%202013.pdf
      18 Dec 13: "The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid
      Service (CAALAS) says that Federal funding cuts will reduce
      frontline legal services in Central Australia.
      "CAALAS is the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Central
      Australia. For 40 years, we’ve represented some of the most
      disadvantaged people in the country. We do a huge amount of
      work on a shoestring budget," said CAALAS Chairman Noel
      Hayes.
      "These short-sighted cuts will mean Aboriginal people have
      less of a say. The Government is saying they don’t want to
      hear from Aboriginal people, they don’t want us speaking
      out against their policies," said Mr Hayes.
      "But if the Government is serious about creating a better
      future for Aboriginal people, they should start by listening
      to people on the ground."
      "Because our service is already under strain, any cuts will
      mean a loss of lawyers, and less legal service provision in
      Central Australia." ... "


      * NACCHO POLITICAL HEALTH NEWS:
      ABBOTT GOVERNMENT CUTS TO IMPACT ON ABORIGINAL HEALTH



      - Media Release

      NACCHO political health news:
      Abbott Government cuts to impact on Aboriginal health

      [NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
      http://nacchocommunique.com/2013/12/18/naccho-political-health-news-abbott-government-cuts-to-impact-on-aboriginal-health/
      18 Dec 13: "National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health
      Organisation (NACCHO) Chair, Justin Mohamed, said cutting
      legal services made no economic sense when you take into
      account the wider implications of incarceration on issues
      such as employment, education and health.
      "The fact is people in our jail system often suffer from
      poor mental and physical health," Mr Mohamed said.
      "Incarceration also can have broader impacts on the health
      of those left behind - on the imprisoned person’s family
      and broader community.
      "With rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people
      increasing, we should be doing everything we can to turn
      around the huge numbers of Aboriginal people in our
      prisons.
      "NACCHO supports the good work of the National Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services - both who play
      an important role in keeping our people out of jail.
      "They provide education and early intervention support
      and advice which can mean the difference between a life
      of incarceration and one that makes a contribution to the
      community. ... ""


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      MEDIA RELEASE 18 DECEMBER 2013
      - CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES



      - Media Release

      SNAICC News: Media Release 18 December 2013
      - Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1302
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default-e.cfm?loadref=86&txnid=1550&txnctype=resource&txncstype=document
      18 Dec 13: "Statement by Sharron Williams, Chairperson of
      SNAICC - the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander children and family services
      Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will further
      disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
      The proposed defunding of the peak body for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander Legal Services would undermine the
      Abbott Government’s stated intention to improve the lives
      of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
      Defunding National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      Legal Services (NATSILS) and the Law Reform and Policy
      Officer positions based in each state and territory
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service would
      lead to more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      going to prison and undermine efforts to improve
      Aboriginal community life and safety.
      More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people going to
      prison would have a detrimental impact on more of our
      children and families, adding to an already increasing
      number of children and their families facing poverty,
      marginalisation and dysfunction. ...
      SNAICC urges the Government to reconsider this proposed action"


      - Related News

      SNAICC News:
      Government to defund the Aboriginal Legal Services Peak Body NATSILS

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1299
      17 Dec 13: "The Abbott Government is set to announce the
      defunding of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), the national peak body
      for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
      (ATSILS), and of all Law Reform and Policy Officer
      positions within each State and Territory based ATSILS, in
      order to make an annual saving of $3m from the 2014-2015
      financial year onwards. ... "


      * ANTaR:
      CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES WILL UNDERMINE
      ACTION ON ABORIGINAL JOBS AND EDUCATION



      - Media Release

      ANTaR: Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will undermine
      action on Aboriginal jobs and education

      http://antar.org.au/reports/cuts-aboriginal-legal-services-will-undermine-action-aboriginal-jobs-and-education
      http://antar.org.au/sites/default/files/mr_budget_cut_to_natsils.pdf
      http://antarvictoria.org.au/news/cuts-to-aboriginal-legal-services-will-undermine-action-on-aboriginal-jobs-and-education.php
      http://antar.org.au/news/cuts-aboriginal-legal-services-will-undermine-action-aboriginal-jobs-and-education
      17 Dec 13: "The proposed defunding of the peak body for
      Aboriginal Legal Services would undermine the Abbott
      Government’s efforts to improve education and employment
      for Aboriginal people, according to ANTaR.
      ANTaR National Director, Gary Highland said that defunding
      the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
      Services (NATSILS) would lead to more Aboriginal people
      going to prison and undermine efforts to improve
      Aboriginal community safety.
      "Over the past decade the numbers of Aboriginal women
      imprisoned has increased by 59 percent and men by 35
      percent. We need more action, not less from Government to
      turn this situation around," Mr Highland said. ...
      "The money saved will be a fraction of the damage done to
      Aboriginal families by neutering the legal peak body that
      represents them," Mr Highland said.
      Mr Highland said that the Abbott Government has a genuine
      commitment to improving Aboriginal education and
      employment, but the continued high rates of incarceration
      are a major barrier to achieving its reform agenda. ... "


      * ANTaR:
      TAKE ACTION:
      ABBOTT GOVERNMENT DELIVERS A BLOW TO
      ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER JUSTICE



      - Action

      ANTaR: Take Action:
      1. Abbott Government delivers a blow to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice

      http://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign#node-campaign-full-group_takeaction
      "For the last year we have been working towards
      establishing a national campaign to reduce the
      over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people within the criminal justice system. We
      received a crushing blow with news that the Abbott
      Government have decided to defund the lead agency in this
      campaign, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Legal Services (NATSILS). This is not a cut, this
      is a complete defunding, meaning that NATSILS will cease
      to exist if the defunding goes ahead. ... "


      * OXFAM AUSTRALIA MEDIA:
      CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES WILL WIDEN THE GAP



      - Media Release

      Oxfam Australia Media:
      Cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services will widen the gap

      https://www.oxfam.org.au/media/2013/12/cuts-to-aboriginal-legal-services-will-widen-the-gap/
      18 Dec 13: "Federal Government plans to defund the peak
      National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
      Services will exacerbate the appalling over-representation
      of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison,
      Close the Gap co-chair Kirstie Parker said today.
      "Aboriginal people are locked up at 14 times the rate of
      other Australians. We’ve seen a rise in the rates of
      incarceration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      people of 50% in the past 10 years compared to 5% for the
      rest of the population. We need better funded Aboriginal
      Legal Aid services, not cuts," Ms Parker said. ...
      "ATSILS have provided frontline legal assistance in
      criminal, family and civil law to Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander Peoples for over 40 years and are uniquely
      attuned to the needs of their communities, their
      effectiveness has been proved time and time again."
      Campaign co-chair Mick Gooda, who is also the Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner,
      said the cuts directly target ATSILS work with governments
      to address the underlying causes of Indigenous
      incarceration. ... "


      * WA GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
      ABBOTT'S LEGAL AID CUTS A BAD SIGN FOR JUSTICE IN WA


      - Media Release

      WA Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Abbott’s legal aid cuts a bad sign for justice in WA

      http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/abbott%E2%80%99s-legal-aid-cuts-bad-sign-justice-wa
      17 Dec 13: "More Aboriginal Australians will end up in jail
      because of the Abbott Government's cuts to indigenous legal
      aid, say the Australian Greens.
      Spokesperson on legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the
      Coalition's decision to cut $9m from legal services showed
      appalling lack of concern about shameful over-incarceration
      of Aboriginal people.
      "More than one in four prisoners are Aboriginal, despite
      making up only a fraction of our population. Too many are
      in jail because of inadequate legal understanding and
      representation," Senator Wright said. ...
      WA Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson
      on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today
      that the cut would compound problems that Aboriginal
      people have accessing justice in WA.
      "Western Australia has notoriously high incarceration
      rates for Aboriginal people," Senator Siewert said today."


      * GREENS SENATOR PENNY WRIGHT:
      ABBOTT'S CRUEL CUTS WILL RAISE INDIGENOUS PRISON RATES



      - Media Release

      Greens Senator Penny Wright:
      Abbott's cruel cuts will raise indigenous prison rates

      http://penny-wright.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/abbotts-cruel-cuts-will-raise-indigenous-prison-rates
      http://greens.org.au/news/abbotts-cruel-cuts-will-raise-indigenous-prison-rates
      17 Dec 13: "More Aboriginal Australians will end up in jail
      because of the Abbott Government's cuts to indigenous legal
      aid, say the Australian Greens.
      Spokesperson on legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the
      Coalition's decision to cut $9m from legal services showed
      appalling lack of concern about shameful over-incarceration
      of Aboriginal people.
      "More than one in four prisoners are Aboriginal, despite
      making up only a fraction of our population. Too many are
      in jail because of inadequate legal understanding and
      representation," Senator Wright said.
      "As government officials told me in estimates just last
      month, there is no way to separate out frontline legal
      assistance services from government cuts.
      "Cutting legal aid funding is a cruel and senseless
      decision which will see more families torn apart and more
      children lost to the revolving door of incarceration. ... "


      * ABC PM:
      FUNDING CUTS TO CRIPPLE INDIGENOUS LEGAL SERVICES
      [FEATURING NATSILS CHAIRMAN, SHANE DUFFY]



      - Audio

      ABC PM: Funding cuts to cripple Indigenous legal services
      http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3913355.htm
      17 Dec 13: "Rachael Brown reports.
      RACHAEL BROWN: The Coalition went to last year's election
      promising $42 million in cuts to Indigenous legal services.
      After a backlash from the Indigenous community, the
      Government has revised this to $13 million across three
      years, according to today's MYEFO report. Still, the peak
      body, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal
      Services, or NATSILS, says it amounts to defunding, which
      will cripple its work at the coalface.
      NATSILS chairman, Shane Duffy.
      SHANE DUFFY: We'll have to put staff off. It will impact
      directly upon the frontline service delivery."


      - Related Audio Interviews

      National Indigenous Radio Service's 'Weekly News In Review'
      Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9tp8dzesf56veau/MASTER%20WNIR%20201213.mp3
      20 Dec 13: "It includes interviews with -
      * Congress Co-Chair Les Malezer,
      * ATSILS Chair Shane Duffy,
      * Australian Green’s Senator Penny Wright,
      * Dr Mark McMillan and
      * Professor Gillian Triggs."

      [The NIRS WNIR may expire after about a week,
      so if you want to listen to these interviews
      you will need to download them soon.]


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      GOVERNMENT DEFUNDING NATSILS MAKES NO SENSE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Government defunding NATSILS makes no sense
      http://thestringer.com.au/government-defunding-natsils-makes-no-sense/
      17 Dec 13: "In order to save a paltry $9 million over three
      years the Federal Government is defunding the National
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
      NATSILS CEO Shane Duffy criticised this as short-sighted
      in the face of a rising unmet need in regards to
      Aboriginal peoples seeking legal assistance. According to
      Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright, more Aboriginal
      Australians will end up in jail because of the
      Government’s cuts to Aboriginal legal aid. Senator Penny
      Wright said the Federal Government’s decision to cut $9m
      from legal services showed an appalling lack of concern
      about the shameful over-incarceration of Aboriginal people."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CENTRE:
      ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE CUTS WILL MAKE JUSTICE MORE REMOTE



      - News

      Human Rights Law Centre:
      Aboriginal legal service cuts will make justice more remote

      http://www.hrlc.org.au/aboriginal-legal-service-cuts-will-make-justice-more-remote
      17 Dec 13: "The Australian Government’s decision to cut
      funds to vital Aboriginal legal services will make justice
      more remote for Australia’s most marginalised and
      disadvantaged communities. The Human Rights Law Centre’s
      Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser, said today’s
      announcement that the Government will defund the national
      peak body for Aboriginal legal services flew in the face of
      Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s pledge to be the PM for
      Aboriginal Affairs. "Legal aid is a key part of ensuring
      that all people are equal before the law. ... " said Mr de
      Kretser."


      * AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA:
      LEGAL CUTS A MASSIVE BLOW FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS



      - News

      Amnesty International Australia:
      Legal cuts a massive blow for Indigenous Australians

      http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/33627/
      17 Dec 13: "Amnesty International condemns a decision to
      cut funding to Aboriginal Legal Services, at a time when
      Indigenous incarceration rates continue to rise, in a major
      blow to ending Indigenous inequality. The Federal
      Government has confirmed cuts to the National Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), the
      national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Legal Services (ATSILS). "Aboriginal people make
      up just over 2 per cent of the population but over 28% of
      Australia’s prison population," said Rodney Dillon, Amnesty
      International Australia’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner. ... "


      - Related Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Rodney Dillon

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      16 Dec 13: "Rodney, a Tasmanian Aborigine (Palawa) is a
      former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
      (ATSIC) Commissioner and recipient of the NAIDOC male
      Person of the Year in 2006 and was recently awarded the
      Human Rights Individual Award at the Tasmanian Human Rights
      Awards"
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/rodney-dillon-2/


      * EQUALITY RIGHTS ALLIANCE:
      NATSIWA CALLS FOR A HALT TO FUNDING CUTS


      - News

      Equality Rights Alliance: NATSIWA calls for a halt to funding cuts
      http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/news/natsiwa-calls-halt-funding-cuts
      20 Dec 13: "The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Women's Alliance (NATSIWA) has urged the Prime
      Minister to reconsider funding cuts to vital Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander legal services. These services
      include the National Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention
      Legal Services (FVPLS) program. ... "


      * MID NORTH COAST GREENS:
      THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED CUTS TO THE FUNDING FOR
      ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICES AND THE
      NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES



      - News

      Mid North Coast Greens:
      The Government has proposed cuts to the funding for
      Aboriginal legal services and the
      National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

      http://mncgreens.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-government-has-proposed-cuts-to.html
      20 Dec 13: "The Government has proposed cuts to the funding
      for Aboriginal legal services and the National Congress of
      Australia’s First Peoples – this makes a complete mockery
      of the Abbott Government’s ‘commitment’ to Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Congress is an
      important voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      peoples. We need to let Tony Abbott know that he can't
      defund this group." Greens Senator Rachel Siewart


      * AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
      ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PROGRAMS AT RISK
      [CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID]



      - News

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at risk

      https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-programs-risk
      18 Dec 13: "Federal Government plans to cut funding for
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
      (ATSILS) are short-sighted and misguided, according to the
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
      Commissioner, Mick Gooda (pictured). "More people will end
      up in prison. It’s as simple as that," the Commissioner
      said. Mr Gooda said ATSILS has provided frontline legal
      assistance in criminal, family and civil law to Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for over 40 years."


      - Related News

      The Queensland Times:
      AHRC concerned about cuts to Indigenous legal aid services

      http://www.qt.com.au/news/ahrc-concerned-about-cuts-indigenous-legal-aid-ser/2119054/
      18 Dec 13: "IN ITS quest to balance the books, the Federal
      Government has made cuts to legal aid services for
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders which will lead to
      more indigenous people ending up behind bars according to
      the Australian Human Rights Commission. The cuts to the
      National Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Legal Service will
      cost the jobs of policy officers, who consult with
      government on proposed legal changes, but could also cost
      some critical services." Owen Jacques


      * THE GUARDIAN:
      FIVE QUESTIONS TO AMY MCQUIRE:
      ON AUSTRALIA'S TWO WORLDS - ONE FOR BLACK AND ONE FOR WHITE
      [INCLUDES CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID]



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian: Five questions to Amy McQuire:
      on Australia's two worlds - one for black and one for white

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/20/five-questions-to-amy-mcquire-on-australias-two-worlds-one-for-black-and-one-for-white
      20 Dec 13: "What issue are you most passionate about?
      I think the sky-high rates Australia jails Aboriginal men,
      women and children are appalling and an international
      embarrassment. The latest cuts to Aboriginal legal aid will
      only further burden a system that already jails Indigenous
      people at some of the highest rates in the western world.
      Locking up blackfellas further ruptures communities and
      begets a cycle of disadvantage and dysfunction. It says to
      me the Abbott government is not serious about closing the
      gap."


      * NEWS.COM.AU :
      MORE INDIGENOUS IN JAIL WITHOUT LEGAL AID



      - News

      News.com.au : More indigenous in jail without legal aid
      http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/more-indigenous-in-jail-without-legal-aid/story-e6frfku9-1226785279942
      17 Dec 13: "CUTTING Aboriginal legal aid will further
      entrench Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders as
      second-class citizens in their own country, a legal body
      says. The Abbott Government is set to announce the cutting
      funding of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), ... At a time when
      indigenous incarceration rates are alarmingly high and
      rising, cutting the funding such services is short-sighted,
      says NATSILS chairman Shane Duffy. "More people are going
      to end up in prison, it's as simple as that," he said in a
      statement on Tuesday."


      * VIDEOS ON THE CUTS TO ABORIGINAL LEGAL AID


      - Videos

      SBS News: Indigenous legal aid to be cut by $13.4 million
      By Brooke Boney with AAP
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/17/indigenous-legal-aid-be-cut-134-million
      18 Dec 13: "Indigenous legal aid is set to take the biggest
      cut in funding to Indigenous services, the budget update
      has revealed. ... The biggest blow to Indigenous funding
      was to legal aid - $13.4 million will be taken out of the
      sector over the next four years. ... 'More Indigenous
      Aussies will end up in jail without legal aid'. Cutting
      Aboriginal legal aid will further entrench Aborigines and
      Torres Strait Islanders as second-class citizens in their
      own country, a legal body says." By Brooke Boney


      SBS News: Indigenous Australians hit hard by legal aid cuts
      By Darren Mara; Source World News Australia Radio
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/18/indigenous-australians-hit-hard-legal-aid-cuts
      18 Dec 13: "Legal groups say confirmed cuts to Indigenous
      legal aid will entrench Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islanders as second-class citizens. ... The Treasurer, Joe
      Hockey, has confirmed the government will stick to its
      election pledge to cut 43-point-one million dollars from
      legal aid services, including those accessed by many
      Indigenous Australians. Darren Mara has the details. ...
      The legal aid cuts will be spread across four main areas:
      legal aid commissions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander legal services, community legal services and the
      Family Violence Prevention Legal Services." By Darren Mara


      NITV News: Warren Mundine defends cut to Indigenous legal aid
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/19/warren-mundine-defends-cut-indigenous-legal-aid
      19 Nov 13: "The chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council
      has defended the Abbott government's decision to cut $13.4
      million from the Indigenous legal aid budget, saying it is
      a sign of the times. ... "There is a new regime in town and
      things are going to be done different," Warren Mundine told
      NITV News. ... Among the organisations hardest hit will be
      the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal
      Services, or NATSILS."


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