Newsletter date: 4 July 2015
* Video: NITV News: Victoria to take over Tasmanian Legal Service
* Change.org Petition: Reinstate funding to the Aboriginal Legal Service in Tasmania
* facebook: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre - Community Organization: https://www.facebook.com/TasmanianAboriginalCentre
* News Analysis: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: Defunding Of Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service Provider Criticised As 'Political Decision'
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
* WGAR Background: Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal deaths in custody
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NITV News: Victoria to take over Tasmanian Legal Service
27 Jun 15: "The Federal Government has stripped funding from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service - with those monies headed for the Victorian service. Tasmania was the only state to feel the axe in such a fashion - prompting a defiant backlash from Aboriginal Tasmanians. NITV News Video Journalist Kris Flanders has more."
Change.org Petition: Reinstate funding to the Aboriginal Legal Service in Tasmania
Petitioning Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc
"Give us back our Legal Service!
The Australian Prime Minister - Tony Abbott and Attorney General - George Brandis have de-funded the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s (TAC) legal service program (Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service) after 42 years of service to our community.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre had no warning of the decision and have been given only three weeks to close the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service. There are no compliance breaches and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has an impeccable financial record. The TAC ALS funding application agreed to meet every criteria set down by the Attorney General’s Department, especially given our experience after 42 years of doing everything properly. ...
Community controlled and run Aboriginal organisations throughout Australia have always believed that this means that it is only the local Aboriginal people who are fully involved in delivering services to our own people in our own communities. ... "
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre - Community Organization, facebook
"The TAC was set up in the early nineteen seventies to provide a voice, and hope, for Tasmanian Aborigines. It remains the largest Aboriginal community organisation in Tasmania. For information on services and programs please see the website. http://www.tacinc.com.au/
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc:
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc - About Us
"The TAC is an Aboriginal community organisation developed in the early 1970s and funded by the federal government since 1973. It was incorporated as the Aboriginal Information Service in November 1973 and changed its name to Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) in August 1977. TAC represents the political and community development aspirations of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. ... Some of its main achievements include: ... "
- News Analysis
New Matilda: Defunding Of Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service Provider Criticised As 'Political Decision'
17 Jun 15: "The Federal government says it is concerned about compliance issue, but a leader of the group responsible for the program says they're being punished for its history of political advocacy, Amy McQuire reports. Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community may boycott a new Aboriginal legal body set up in the state after the Abbott government’s "political decision" to strip funding from the 40-year-old community-controlled service and hand it to Victorian Aboriginal legal aid. ... " By Amy McQuire, a Darumbul woman from central Queensland. Amy McQuire is the former editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine.
Amy McQuire - New Matilda
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WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
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WGAR Background: Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal deaths in custody
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