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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.
NSW police disproportionately target Indigenous people in strip searches — The Guardian, 16 June 2020
Between 2016 and 2018, Indigenous Australians represented 12% of all strip searches in NSW , despite making up only 3% of the state's population.
#BlackLivesMatter and the role of Legal Observers at demonstrations — Community Legal Centres NSW, 11 June 2020
Nassim Arrage, CEO of Community Legal Centres Australia, recounts his experience as a Legal Observer at the Black Lives Matter/Stop Deaths In Custody demonstration in Sydney on 6 June 2020.
Plan to keep Aboriginal Australians out of jail, as Indigenous leaders hope change will come — ABC News, 11 June 2020
In a matter of weeks, for the first time in its history, it is expected Australia will have a set of proposed Indigenous justice targets under the revised national Closing the Gap agreement.
But with only a handful of the original Closing the Gap targets ever being achieved, will these new targets work?
NSW police pursue 80% of Indigenous people caught with cannabis through courts — The Guardian, 10 June 2020
Between 2013 and 2017, police in NSW pursued more than 80% of Indigenous people found with small amounts of cannabis through the courts while letting others off with warnings, forcing young Aboriginal people into a criminal justice system that legal experts say they will potentially never get out of.
Megan Davis says there is growing support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament — 7:30 Report, 8 June 2020
The Black Lives Matter protests have brought the broader issues of Indigenous rights to the fore again: particularly the issue of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Laura Tingle interviews Professor Megan Davis, a constitutional lawyer who was at the centre of drafting the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
‘There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators…’ — The Saturday Paper, 6 June 2020
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing in the US, Australia can no longer ignore our brutal legacy of police violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Despite 432 Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991, no one has ever been convicted. Racist silence and complicity are to blame — The Conversation, 3 June 2020
Many Australians know more about police and prison violence in the US than in Australia. Alison Whittaker explores the reasons behind our 'curious silence' on First Nations deaths in custody in Australia.
For First Nations people, coronavirus has meant fewer services, separated families and over-policing: new report — The Conversation, 27 May 2020
A new report released by Change the Record highlights numerous ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been disproportionately affected by policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reconciliation Week highlights how Indigenous injustice links to global fault lines — ABC News, 25 May 2020
Australia is in the crosshairs of a global ideological struggle between authoritarianism and liberalism. The historical injustice and the ongoing rights claims of First Nations people form part of these global fault lines, writes Stan Grant.
COVID-19 travel restrictions have seen many Aboriginal people return to their homeland communities.
However, though they may be protected from the coronavirus, decades of systematic underinvestment in the critical infrastructure of Indigenous communities ironically puts their human rights at risk.
Queensland Government under fire for delaying Indigenous coronavirus rapid testing — ABC News, 15 May 2020
The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council has hit out at the Queensland Government for 'stalling' on rapid coronavirus testing machines in remote Indigenous communities.
Coronavirus laws discriminate against Indigenous Australians, communities say — ABC News, 14 May 2020
Residents in Queensland's Indigenous communities are protesting against 'discriminatory' coronavirus laws that prevent them from fishing for food, attending school, and leaving to buy essential items.
Justice in remote NT bush courts is 'grinding to a halt', legal group says — ABC News, 27 April 2020
Bush courts in the Northern Territory have been suspended as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions to remote communities. Lawyers believe that this will impact access to justice for remote Indigenous communities, even after restrictions are lifted.
COVID urgency and calls for release — @IndigenousX, 21 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a raft of laws passed across Australia, aimed at reducing the serious risk the virus poses. However, Dr Hannah McGlade believes that they actually increase risk to Aboriginal people who already face discrimination and racial profiling by the justice sector.
'How are prisons going to cope?': Fears for Indigenous inmates amid coronavirus outbreak — SBS News, 9 April 2020
The sister of Nathan Reynolds, an Indigenous man who died of an asthma attack in custody, has warned that Australia's prison system will not be able to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tanya Day inquest: coroner refers death in custody of Aboriginal woman for possible prosecution — The Guardian, 9 April 2020
Caitlin English, the coroner investigating the death in custody of Aboriginal woman Tanya Day, has referred the case to the Office of Public Prosecutions to determine whether criminal negligence has occurred.
The ripple effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous family and domestic violence — UNSW Newsroom, 31 March 2020
Dr Kyllie Cripps warns that recent legislation to protect against COVID-19 does not adequately consider the impact on Indigenous victims of family and domestic violence.
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 system — NATSILS, 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 matters — ABC 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 told — The 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 change — UNSW 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 remain — The 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 shows — SBS 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 disability — The 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 issues — ABC 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 custody — SBS, 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 homes — ABC 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 home — Sydney 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.
The long road to Uluru: Walking together – truth before justice — Griffith Review 60: First Things First, 30 April 2018
If the Uluru Statement from the Heart was an example of the transformative potential of liberal democratic governance through civic engagement beyond the ballot box, the aftermath of Uluru revealed the limitations of Australian retail politics.