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Directions hearings continue ahead of inquest into 2021 death in custody of young mum
The latest directions hearings concerning a 30-year-old Yamatji, Noongar, Wongi and Pitjantjatjara woman who died in custody at...
Jarred Cross 23 Feb 2024
Aboriginal Legal Service urges Vic government to fully enact "Poccum's law" to save lives
Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers: This story contains images and references to a deceased person. The V...
Dechlan Brennan 30 Jan 2024
Legal groups demand greater transparency as data shows Indigenous deaths in custody on the rise
The following article contains the name of people who have died Legal groups have sounded the alarm over the latest figures sho...
Dechlan Brennan 30 Jan 2024
Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT declares solidarity with the Palestinian nation on Survival Day
The Aboriginal Legal Service of NSW/ACT has said they stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people on the eve of ‘Survival Da...
Dechlan Brennan 26 Jan 2024
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service to discuss Treaty and Justice in free webinar
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is hosting an Invasion Day Webinar on Thursday January 25 to discuss Treaty and justice....
Dechlan Brennan 24 Jan 2024
'Ongoing Failure' : Open letter criticises Victorian government's anti-torture protocol delays

A coalition of Indigenous, legal and human rights groups have written to the Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes expressing a “deep concern” for the state’s ongoing failure to...

Dechlan Brennan Jan 22, 2024
Directions hearing commences into death in custody of Noongar man

The following article contains the name of a person who has died A directions hearing into the death of a 28-year-old Noongar man who died in the aftermath of a police pursuit and...

Dechlan Brennan Dec 5, 2023
Family of Noongar man who died in police custody in Victoria seeks answers

This article contains an image and information of a person who has died.  The family of 28-year-old Noongar man Jeffrey Winmar have held a vigil after his death in custody on Nove...

Dechlan Brennan Nov 21, 2023
"Torture": Calls for Victoria to end effective solitary confinement of youth inmates

“I feel worn out, I don’t feel like making any changes . . . You can only stare at the four corners (of your cell) for so long. You don’t even get any sun.” These are the sentimen...

Dechlan Brennan Nov 13, 2023
New Indigenous sobering centre to be in St Kilda

St Kilda will become the second inner-city location to house a sobering-up centre when Victoria decriminalises public drunkenness on November 7.  First revealed in The Age on Frid...

Dechlan Brennan Nov 5, 2023
"A health-led approach" : Victorian Government to forge ahead with repeal of public drunkenness laws

Victoria will move ahead with a new “health-based response” towards public drunkeness, despite concerns from the State’s opposition and police union.  The state will officially de...

Dechlan Brennan Nov 1, 2023
Human rights groups criticise new Victorian bail laws

Human rights groups say the new bail laws passed in Victoria on Tuesday don’t meet “minimum human rights standards". The laws have come about in part due to the advocacy of the fa...

Dechlan Brennan Oct 17, 2023
VALS seeks donations after 50 years of supporting Indigenous Victorians

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is celebrating 50 years of helping the Indigenous community of Victoria. Coinciding with the anniversary, the organisation is callin...

Dechlan Brennan Oct 16, 2023
Victorian government backflips on youth bail reforms

The Victorian government has reneged on a promise to make it easier for young people accused of crimes to receive bail, despite having the support for it to pass state parliament. ...

Dechlan Brennan Oct 5, 2023
"Walk hand in hand with us" - First Peoples' Assembly says Yoorrook truths light path ahead

Three members of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria have penned an open letter, outlining their feelings on the Yoorrook justice commission and the work needed to build toward...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 19, 2023
Inquest into death of 12-year-old Indigenous girl in state care urges greater communication between agencies

The father of a young Indigenous girl who passed away in hospital in 2019 whilst in out-of-home care said he hopes the changes recommended by the coroner will prevent “other childr...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 8, 2023
Daniel Andrews fails to commit to reform timeframe laid out in Yoorrook report

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews cast doubt on the likelihood his government will deliver reforms within the time frame recommended by the Yoorrook Justice Commission in their inte...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 5, 2023
First Nations-led child protection, independent police oversight amongst Yoorrook recommendations

The Yoorrook Justice Commission is calling on the Victorian State government to create an independent watchdog to tackle police complaints, stop detaining children under the age of...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 4, 2023
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