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    Funding found for Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) police custody crisis phone line Newsletter date: 18 June 2013 This newsletter:
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      Funding found for Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) police custody crisis phone line

      Newsletter date: 18 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/17/wgar-news-funding-found-for-aboriginal-legal-service-nswact-police-custody-crisis-phone-l

      Contents:

      * Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT): At the 11th hour, the CNS is funded
      * The Stringer: Federal Government finally fronts up with funding for Custodial Notification Service
      * Tracker: Essential lifeline secures funding for next two years
      * NIRS: Funding finally found for legal advice phone line
      * Background to Funding of the Custody Notification Service operated by the Aboriginal Legal Service

      * Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT): Legal fraternity to meet Aboriginal elders [New Canberra office]
      * NIRS: New Canberra office for Aboriginal Legal Service

      * CAAMA Video: Amendments to Territory's Alcohol Mandatory Treatment legislation
      * NITV News: NT vows to amend Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill
      * NIRS: Changes to NT mandatory treatment policy
      * NIRS: Peak medical group opposed to compulsory rehab plan

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: State and Federal Governments are rubbing the faces of the poor in the dirt

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Corruption Commission hears of bashing of prisoners
      * WA Today: Video shown in Broome watch house hearing

      * Jan Mayman, Tracker: On Our Watch: The death in custody of Mr Phillips

      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE (NSW/ACT):
      AT THE 11TH HOUR, THE CNS IS FUNDED



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT):
      ALS News: At the 11th hour, the CNS is funded

      http://www.alsnswact.org.au/news_items/87
      13 Jun 13: "With just over two weeks to go before the CNS
      phone line preventing Aboriginal deaths in police custody
      was due to cease operating, the Attorney-General of
      Australia Mark Dreyfus today agreed to funding for a
      two-year period. We want to thank all of YOU who fought
      hard with us to get the CNS funded. Two weeks ago we sent
      hard copies of a petition to Save the CNS to the
      Attorney-General of Australia. Your signatures on that
      petition, and your heart-felt comments about why the CNS
      is essential, obviously made a huge difference."


      * THE STRINGER:
      FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FINALLY FRONTS UP WITH
      FUNDING FOR CUSTODY NOTIFICATION SERVICE



      - News

      The Stringer:
      Federal Government finally fronts up with
      funding for Custodial Notification Service

      http://thestringer.com.au/federal-government-finally-fronts-up-with-funding-for-custodial-notification-service/
      17 Jun 13: "At the eleventh hour, the Federal Government
      has come to the rescue of the New South Wales based police
      custody crisis phone line - the 24-hour Custody
      Notification Service (CNS). The phone service had its
      funding cut last year while both the Federal and State
      Governments squabbled as to who should front the funding
      for it. For the last year, the Aboriginal Legal Services
      NSW/ACT self-funded the service rather than see it go
      down. ALS staff did not take their wage award rises in the
      last year so as to fund the phone service till end of June
      2013. But this proved unsustainable and the ALS launched a
      public campaign for the funding to be reinstated."


      * TRACKER:
      ESSENTIAL LIFELINE SECURES FUNDING FOR NEXT TWO YEARS



      - News

      newsTracker:
      Essential lifeline secures funding for next two years

      http://tracker.org.au/2013/06/essential-lifeline-secures-funding-for-next-two-years/
      13 Jun 13: "A vital service which has helped prevent
      Aboriginal deaths in custody in the state has secured
      funding for the next two years from the federal Attorney
      General following a social media campaign launched by the
      Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT. The Custody Notification
      Service (CNS) has been running under its current
      incarnation since 2000 out of the Aboriginal Legal Service
      (NSW/ACT). Since then, there has been no Aboriginal deaths
      in custody. ... ALS CEO Phil Naden welcomed the funding
      and thanked the supporters of the campaign."


      * NIRS:
      FUNDING FINALLY FOUND FOR LEGAL ADVICE PHONE LINE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Funding finally found for legal advice phone line

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29391/Funding-finally-found-for-legal-advice-phone-line.html
      14 Jun 13: "The New South Wales/ACT Aboriginal Legal
      Service is thanking over 33,000 people who lobbied
      governments to find funding for an important 24-hour phone
      service. Just two weeks before the Custody Notification
      Service was about to shut down due to a lack of funds, the
      ALS has heard the Federal Government will now continue the
      service for another two years."


      * BACKGROUND TO FUNDING OF THE CUSTODY NOTIFICATION SERVICE
      OPERATED BY THE ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE



      WGAR News: Brian Johnstone, Tracker:
      Backtracker: Pass the bucks, not the buck
      (13 Jun 13)
      [Funding of the Custody Notification Service operated by the Aboriginal Legal Service]
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/12/wgar-news-we-have-to-stop-the-creation-of-another-stolen-generation-paddy-gibson-the-guar

      WGAR News: Deaths in custody on conscience of all Australians
      - Save the CNS: Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
      (8 Jun 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/07/wgar-news-deaths-in-custody-on-conscience-of-all-australians-save-the-cns-als-news

      WGAR News: Greens Jamie Parker MP:
      NSW government refuses funding for live-saving Aboriginal legal advice line
      (1 Jun 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/31/wgar-news-suicide-prevention-strategy-targets-atsi-communities-australian-human-rights-co

      WGAR News: "Stop Aboriginal deaths in police custody by saving the Custody Notification Service" (15 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/14/wgar-news-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-police-custody-by-saving-the-custody-notification-ser


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE (NSW/ACT):
      LEGAL FRATERNITY TO MEET ABORIGINAL ELDERS



      - News

      Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT):
      ALS News: Legal fraternity to meet Aboriginal elders

      http://www.alsnswact.org.au/news_items/86
      12 Jun 13: "Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Canberra
      office has moved buildings and is celebrating with an
      official office opening on Wednesday 12 June 2013. ...
      Following its initial establishment in Redfern in 1970, ALS
      satellite offices were quickly established incorporating
      the ACT, the first of which was in Cowra NSW. ALS Lawyers
      travelled a wide court circuit from Cowra to Yass,
      Queanbeyan to Canberra for many years. ... ALS Canberra
      advises and represents up to forty people each week in and
      outside the courtroom."


      * NIRS:
      NEW CANBERRA OFFICE FOR ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE



      - News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      New Canberra office for Aboriginal Legal Service

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29388/New-Canberra-office-for-Aboriginal-Legal-Service.html
      13 Jun 13: "The new Canberra office of the New South
      Wales/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service has been officially
      opened. The office is located on University Avenue on the
      north side of Lake Burley Griffin. ... The ALS says it
      advises and represents up to forty people each week in and
      outside Canberra courtrooms."


      * CAAMA VIDEO:
      AMENDMENTS TO TERRITORY'S ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT LEGISLATION



      - Video

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Amendments to Territory's Alcohol Mandatory Treatment legislation

      http://caama.com.au/amendments-to-territorys-alcohol-mandatory-treatment-legislation
      13 Jun 13: "Health Minister Robyn Lambley announces
      amendments to Territory's Alcohol Mandatory Treatment
      legislation"


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/am-14-06.mp3
      14 Jun 13: "* The Northern Territory Government says 2
      major changes to its proposed alcohol Mandatory Treatment
      Act address concerns that the new law will criminalise
      drunkeness.
      * Territory Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said that the
      policy on the run by the CLP is a clear sign that their
      alcohol legislation is fundamentally flawed and doomed to
      fail."


      * NITV NEWS:
      NT VOWS TO AMEND MANDATORY ALCOHOL TREATMENT BILL



      - Video

      SBS World News:
      NT vows to amend Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill
      Source: Craig Quartermaine, NITV News

      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1777919/NT-vows-to-amend-Mandatory-Alcohol-Treatment-Bill
      13 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory government has declared
      it will undertake major changes to its planned Mandatory
      Alcohol Treatment Bill. It's a response to criticism from
      Health Groups and Legal bodies from all over the country,
      which had questioned the legality and even the human rights
      aspects of the new laws."


      * NIRS:
      CHANGES TO NT MANDATORY TREATMENT POLICY



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Changes to NT mandatory treatment policy

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29392/Changes-to-NT-mandatory-treatment-policy.html
      14 Jun 13: "The Northern Territory Government has announced
      it will amend its proposed manadatory alcohol treatment
      legislation. The changes will aim to reduce the time for
      assessment of clients and put in place a change to the
      punishment on those who escape from treatment centres."


      * NIRS:
      PEAK MEDICAL GROUP OPPOSED TO COMPULSORY REHAB PLAN



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Peak medical group opposed to compulsory rehab plan

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29387/Peak-medical-group-opposed-to-compulsory-rehab-plan.html
      13 Jun 13: "The Australian Medical Association says the
      Northern Territory Government’s proposed alcohol management
      rehabilitation plan will do nothing to ensure the future
      health of people. ... Peter Beaumont is the President of
      the Territory branch of the AMA he and says criminalising
      those with a clear alcohol addiction is useless."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RUBBING THE FACES OF THE POOR IN THE DIRT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      State and Federal Governments are rubbing the faces of the poor in the dirt

      http://thestringer.com.au/state-and-federal-governments-are-rubbing-the-faces-of-the-poor-in-the-dirt/
      17 Jun 13: "Extrapolating Australian Bureau of Statistics
      (ABS) data it appears that the Australian adult prison
      population will double within a decade. The prison
      population doubled over the last two decades, from 15,000
      to 31,000 and the rise looks like continuing but at an
      even faster rate. Once again a disproportionate brunt of
      the incarceration numbers will be borne by Aboriginal
      peoples. Two decades ago Aboriginal persons were one in
      seven of all prisoners but today they are more than one in
      four." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      CORRUPTION COMMISSION HEARS OF BASHING OF PRISONERS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Corruption Commission hears of bashing of prisoners

      http://thestringer.com.au/corruption-commission-hears-of-bashing-of-prisoners/
      15 Jun 13: "The Corruption and Crimes Commission (CCC) of
      Western Australia heard last week that a senior police
      officer punched and kneed an Aboriginal detainee at the
      Kimberley’s Broome police watch-house. It was also alleged
      that other police officers stood by as prisoners were
      stripped, insulted and abused. The incidents were caught
      on closed circuit television (CCTV). An Aboriginal man,
      who has not been identified, was allegedly punched by a
      police officer during an altercation at the Broome
      watch-house." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * WA TODAY:
      VIDEO SHOWN IN BROOME WATCH HOUSE HEARING



      - News

      WA Today: Video shown in Broome watch house hearing
      http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/video-shown-in-broome-watch-house-hearing-20130610-2nzp2.html
      10 Jun 13: "Footage of a police officer repeatedly punching
      a prisoner and dragging another through a watch-house by
      his neck has been shown to a public hearing held by Western
      Australia's corruption watchdog. The footage, taken by CCTV
      cameras at the Broome watch-house in WA's Kimberley region,
      shows the same senior constable involved in two separate
      incidents less than three weeks apart earlier this year.
      After viewing the footage, Police Commissioner Karl
      O'Callaghan served a loss of confidence notice on the
      31-year-old constable, who has since resigned from the
      force."


      * JAN MAYMAN, TRACKER:
      ON OUR WATCH:
      THE DEATH IN CUSTODY OF MR PHILLIPS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      agendaTracker:
      On Our Watch: The death in custody of Mr Phillips

      http://tracker.org.au/2013/06/on-our-watch-the-death-in-custody-of-mr-phillips/
      13 Jun 13: "NATIONAL: Two years ago, Tracker reported on
      the death in custody of Mr Phillips, who passed away in a
      prison cell in Kalgoorlie. JAN MAYMAN reports on the
      troubling findings of his inquest, held only last year.
      Like too many other Indigenous Australians, Mr Phillips
      died a miserable, painful death in a police lockup cell.
      Disabled and sick, he was picked up in January 2011 after
      failing to obey a police 'Move on' order. Less than 24
      hours later he was dead. He was 51 years old. It took the
      West Australian justice system almost 12 months to hold a
      coronial inquest into the death of Mr Phillips."
      By Jan Mayman


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 13 June 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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