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Prime Minister Tony Abbott is cutting nearly 20% funding from Aboriginal Legal Services.  

THIS MASSIVE CUT TO FRONTLINE LEGAL SERVICES WILL MEAN MORE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE WILL GO TO JAIL, and for longer.

A cut of nearly 20% could mean:   

  • More Aboriginal kids taken away from their families, placed in out-of-home care, then ending up locked up
  • More Aboriginal men and women filling our prisons
  • More Aboriginal deaths in custody
  • Massive increases in costs to the taxpayers
  • Massive reduction in frontline service provision
  • Huge job losses and potential office closures

A cut of nearly 20% to our frontline services will mean more Aboriginal people will go to jail.

ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE BY THE PRIME MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THE CUTS!

HOW?

Show the government how MASSIVE the support is to stop the cuts by signing this petition and keeping a vital community legal service alive.

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Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS) helps Aboriginal men, women and children not helped by mainstream legal services.  

A cut of nearly 20% could mean:

  • Around 20% of staff, including ALS lawyers, field and administration officers will lose their jobs.
  • ALS offices in urban, regional or remote areas may have to close, some in areas where there is no other lawyer in town or for miles around.
  • Our family law practice and children's care and protection law practice addressing family violence and children's welfare may cease to exist.
  • Our criminal law practice may be significantly reduced in size.
  • Our Custody Notification Service (CNS), a 24/7 legal advice and RU OK phone line may cease to exist. There have been no Aboriginal deaths in police cell custody in NSW and ACT since the CNS began.
  • Aboriginal imprisonment rates will soar beyond levels imaginable. 
  • The huge number of children being removed from their families and who are disproportionately represented in juvenile detention and prison will be locked up at even faster rates. 
  • Huge costs to the taxpayer. Every $1 not spent on legal assistance services will cost taxpayers more than $2 elsewhere in the community, through unemployment, social services, welfare, health problems, housing and ongoing issues.
  • Closing the Gap outcomes are not met.

 

PLEASE HELP US. WE MUST STOP THE CUTS.

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