Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Aboriginal deaths in custody

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NEVILLE

We won! With just over two weeks to go before the CNS phone line preventing Aboriginal deaths in police custody was due to cease operating, the Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has agreed to funding for a two-year period.

We want to thank all of YOU – 33,864 online petitioners who fought hard with us to get the CNS funded.

Thanks to you, we’re now able to continue our vital Custody Notification Service that has prevented Aboriginal deaths in police custody in NSW and ACT since its inception in 2000.

For the last six weeks we’ve run an aggressive campaign to Save the CNS and bring Government attention to this life-saving service. Your signatures, and your heartfelt comments about why the CNS is essential obviously made a huge difference — with the Federal Government allocating $100,000 immediately to the CNS. They have also agreed to us using another $900,000 of their Federal Budget allocation between 2013 to 2015.

This means the CNS has secured funding for a further two years. A huge victory. Of course we will continue to seek ongoing funding for this essential life-saving service – our fight is not really over – but we’re glad for the breathing room.

We’d love for you to help us keep fighting for sustainable funding and keep up to date with the Aboriginal Legal Service. So join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter here, and you can visit our website at: www.alsnswact.org.au

We have been overwhelmed by your support, and hope you can join us into the future to ensure the CNS remains for as long as there are vulnerable Aboriginal people in police custody.

Thank you.

Phil Naden

CEO

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

We wish to acknowledge the many significant people and organisations who publicly and privately expressed their support for our campaign to continue funding for the CNS including the NSW Police, NSW Coroner, NSW Law Society, Australian Red Cross, NSW Council of Civil Liberties, Coalition of Peak Aboriginal Organisations (CAPO) including NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC), Link Up NSW, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, NSW Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, and NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat, the previous Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, the NSW Greens, and the NSW Ombudsman wrote to the NSW Government late last year in support of the CNS.

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