Media archive

The ALA's media releases on Indigenous rights can be found here

Since October 2019, the ALA has also been developing an archive of media resources highlighting and/or discussing justice issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. See below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services call on the Prime Minister for early release from prison and other urgent measures to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from COVID-19 in the justice systemNATSILS, 23 March 2020

In this media release, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) has urged the Prime Minister, Attorney General and all levels of state and territory governments to take immediate action to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison. 

How the Acknowledgment of Country became a core national custom — and why it mattersABC News, 18 March 2020

Joey Watson explores how the Acknowledgment of Country has become a core national custom in a little over 20 years.

Being Aboriginal with a disability a 'double whammy', royal commission toldThe Guardian, 24 February 2020

Narelle Reynolds, a Wiradjuri woman who is the full-time carer for two adult sons with intellectual disabilities, tells the Disability Royal Commission of how she has been forced into homelessness because of a lack of culturally appropriate services available for their specific needs.

Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must involve structural changeUNSW Newsroom, 18 February 2020

In this opinion article, Megan Davis explains why symbolic recognition is not enough to enact meaningful change for Indigenous Australians. 

Indigenous Youth Throughcare: Corrections to Community — Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse, 18 February 2020

The National Aboriginal Australian Agency and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency discuss the best-practice model that was developed for Indigenous Youth Throughcare and its implementation in the Northern Territory.

High Court rules Indigenous people cannot be deported as aliens, but the fight for legal recognition remainThe Conversation, 11 February 2020

Kate Galloway and Melissa Castan explain the landmark High Court case that found that Aboriginal Australians cannot be deported if they are not citizens, as well as the impact of this decision on Indigenous Australians. 

Aboriginal youth detained at 23 times the rate of non-Indigenous kids, report showsSBS News, 23 January 2020

The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2020 has found that Aboriginal youth are detained at 23 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians in the youth justice system.


Opinion: I'm A 13-Year-Old Aboriginal Boy, And This Is What I Told The “Boss Lady” Of The United Nations — Buzzfeed News, 15 January 2020

Dujuan Hoosan, who addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2019, writes about his meeting with ‘the boss lady of the United Nations’ and the future he wants for Aboriginal kids.

Three Shots, by Melinda Hinkson and Thalia Anthony Arena, 3 December 2019

An essay on why police culture must be examined as part of investigating Kumanjayi Walker's death. 

Disability Discrimination — ABC Radio, 24 November 2019

As the Disability Royal Commission enters its third week of hearings, First Nations advocates say it needs to address an increase in the criminalisation of disability.

David Dungay Inquest: Coroner finds inadequate medical attention the main factor of death — NITV, 22 November 2019

The inquest into the death in custody of 26-year-old Dunghutti man, David Dungay, concludes with recommendations that more training is needed for medical staff at Long Bay Prison Hospital.

In traditional language, there is no word for disabilityThe Guardian, 21 November 2019

Damian Griffis explains how Australia's disability system fails to listen to the voices of the people its trying to help, including First Peoples with disabilities.

Indigenous community launches lawsuit against NT Government over housing, uranium water issuesABC News, 19 November 2019

Isabella Higgins examines some of the issues with housing that Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are facing, including high levels of uranium in their water supply. 

NSW changes protocols in attempts to help further protect Indigenous people in police custodySBS, 15 November 2019

The NSW Government has extended its Custody Notification Service to ensure police call the hotline if they have taken an Indigenous person into protective custody for being intoxicated.

Kumunjayi Walker's death raises questions about policing in Aboriginal homesABC News, 14 November 2019

Following the death of 19-year-old Warlpiri man Kumunjayi Walker, Thalia Anthony explores the complex issue of policing and the use of force in Indigenous communities. 

'My name is Tanya Louise Day': Family's final submission to coroner The Age, 11 November 2019

A first person account of Tanya Day's experience with the justice system. Tanya sustained fatal injuries while in police custody. This account is written by her family. 

The land the NDIS forgot: the remote Indigenous communities losing the postcode lottery The Guardian, 5 November 2019

Kylie Stevenson and Tamara Howie outline the challenges experienced by remote communities accessing the NDIS due to their particular needs related to their culture, environment and remoteness.

Family matters: Disturbing rise in Aboriginal kids removed from homeSydney Morning Herald, 16 October 2019

A study shows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are now 10 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children.