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"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

First Star over the bush

First Star over the bush

Further than the eye can see

Further than the eye can see

Heading North

Heading North

Kimberley Table Top

Kimberley Table Top

Macdonald Ranges crest

Macdonald Ranges crest

Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Pink and Greys out back

Pink and Greys out back

River Gums in Flood

River Gums in Flood

Saltbush in the river bed

Saltbush in the river bed

Sunset on the plateau

Sunset on the plateau

Moorditj Mural

ALSWA historical mural by David Wirrpanda Foundation and Central Institute of Technology Solid Futures participants with Artist Peter Farmer 2010

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Custody Notification Service (CNS) in WA will save lives says ALSWA
14 October 2014
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Election of ALSWA Executive Committee 2014
22 September 2014
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Death in custody of a 22 year old woman in South Hedland

 MEDIA STATEMENT

29 August 2014

 

 The comments below, in relation to the recent death in custody of a 22 year old woman in South Hedland, have been made by Mr. Peter Collins, Aboriginal Legal Service of WA, Director of Legal Services.

 

“It is an unimaginable tragedy that yet another young Aboriginal life has been lost in police custody. The fact that this young woman had been incarcerated for not paying fines simply compounds that tragedy.

 

It is also deeply troubling that she appears to have been held in a police lock up for several days, rather than having been transferred to a jail immediately following her arrest.

 

Reporting of the circumstances of the deceased’s detention at the lock up and what transpired at the hospital raise serious concerns about the quality of custodial and medical care provided, which ALSWA will seek to rigorously examine when it represents the family of the deceased at the Coronial Inquest.


The death regrettably highlights this simple truth - all the public utterances by government and others about the appalling rate of Aboriginal incarceration in this State is simply posturing and doesn’t amount to a hill of beans unless something meaningful and concrete is done to address it on the ground.

 

Locking Aboriginal people up for not paying their fines is not only inhumane, it is grossly inappropriate and if what occurred here is anything to go by, life threatening.


It shouldn’t happen in a modern civilised society, but it does in WA, all too frequently, if you are Aboriginal” said Peter Collins.

“It is an unimaginable tragedy that yet another young Aboriginal life has been lost in police custody. The fact that this young woman had been incarcerated for not paying fines simply compounds that tragedy.  

It is also deeply troubling that she appears to have been held in a police lock up for several days, rather than having been transferred to a jail immediately following her arrest.

Reporting of the circumstances of the deceased’s detention at the lock up and what transpired at the hospital raise serious concerns about the quality of custodial and medical care provided, which ALSWA will seek to rigorously examine when it represents the family of the deceased at the Coronial Inquest.  

The death regrettably highlights this simple truth - all the public utterances by government and others about the appalling rate of Aboriginal incarceration in this State is simply posturing and doesn’t amount to a hill of beans unless something meaningful and concrete is done to address it on the ground.

Locking Aboriginal people up for not paying their fines is not only inhumane, it is grossly inappropriate and if what occurred here is anything to go by, life threatening.

It shouldn’t happen in a modern civilised society, but it does in WA, all too frequently, if you are Aboriginal” said Peter Collins.

 

 
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT: GOVERNMENT BACK DOWN WELCOMED

 ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington

MEDIA STATEMENT

6 August 2014

 

 RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT: GOVERNMENT BACK DOWN WELCOMED

 

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA) welcomes yesterday’s announcement that the Abbott Government will scrap its proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act.

 

“There are so many people within our Communities who suffer from discrimination, not just Aboriginal people, but all minority groups.  We were shocked that amendments were even discussed at all.  This is Australia in 2014 and our society needs more tolerance, not a free kick to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or people because of their race or ethnicity” said ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington.

 

ALSWA said that if Section 18C of the Racial discrimination Act had been repealed, Aboriginal people would have been even more marginalised and vulnerable, leading to unnecessary pain and suffering.

 

“Unless you have been the victim of racial discrimination, you can’t even begin to understand how soul destroying it is. To have people feeling disempowered, their self-esteem affected and even suffering from mental health issues is inexcusable simply because some believe they have the right to offend racially”.

 

ALSWA’s Submission opposing the changes was one of over 4100 received, with the majority of submissions opposing any changes.

 

“It is reassuring to know that most of the submissions opposed the plan to repeal this legislation.  Hopefully it is a sign that we can move forward, and not regress, as a nation” said Mr. Eggington.

 

 
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WA Legal issues to gain National Focus

Media Statement 30 June 2014

ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington (pictured above) 

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

30 June 2014

 

WA Legal issues to gain National Focus

 

Legal issues in Western Australia will gain a national focus from this week, when the “Law Matters” radio program broadcasts for the very first time through the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS).

 

Produced and presented by the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA), this fortnightly program focuses upon human rights and some of the key issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the justice system.

 

Since commencing back in 2010, ALSWA has welcomed the opportunity to broadcast “Law Matters” on 6NME Noongar Radio 100.9 FM in Perth, but from tomorrow, July the 1st, audiences can also tune in through NIRS (more information at www.nirs.org.au).

 

ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington is thrilled that “Law Matters” will now have a broader reach.  “Each program provides the opportunity for ALSWA to chat with some of the key stakeholders within the justice system, highlight legal issues of importance to our people, promote human rights and profile the services that our own and other organisations provide.  It is a dynamic program which we are extremely proud of and we look forward to our continued programs on Noongar Radio which I’m sure will be of great interest to a national audience.  We’re very happy to have this opportunity through NIRS.”

 

Hosted by ALSWA’s Jodi Hoffmann, a Nunga woman, “Law Matters” invites and welcomes new listeners to tune in and find out more about the law in Western Australia, the issues surrounding the over-representation of our people within WA’s justice system and the many people who are striving for justice to contribute to a fairer and more equitable justice system for all.

BROADCAST DETAILS FOR LAW MATTERS

 

National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)

Alternate Tuesdays (commencing 1 July)

2.05 pm to 3.00 pm (AEST) 12.05 pm to 1.00 pm (WA time)

 

Noongar Radio 6NME 100.9 FM

Alternate Wednesdays (next program 8 July)

11.05 am to 12 noon. Repeated Sundays at 9.00 pm

 

The first NIRS “Law Matters” program (tomorrow) features Aboriginal Legal Service of WA CEO Dennis Eggington and ALSWA Director of Legal Services Peter Collins.

 

 
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ALSWA dismayed at apathetic response to Coolgardie racism incident

07th May 2014

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Test Case Dismissal a Devastating Result for Family says ALSWA

20th December 2013

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