Media Statement: Community Legal Centres support historic Redfern Statement
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) today emphasised its ongoing support for the Redfern Statement and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak community organisations that presented the Statement to the Prime Minister at Parliament House.
NACLC, a member of the Change the Record Coalition, attended the Redfern Statement breakfast at Parliament House this morning at which the leaders called on the Prime Minister to support the historic Statement. The Statement provides a road map to addressing the ongoing disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“We stand with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations involved in the Redfern Statement, including our other legal assistance service partners the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (NFVPLS)” said Nassim Arrage, NACLC Chief Executive Officer.
“The Redfern Statement provides an important opportunity to encourage government to engage more meaningfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities as equal partners. They have the solutions” he said.
“A key component of the Redfern Statement relates to justice. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to be over-represented in the justice system. At the same time crucial legal assistance services are facing significant funding cuts. We support reversal of funding cuts to crucial services and the inclusion of justice targets in the Closing the Gap framework” he added.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our partner Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and clients across Australia and call on the Government to support and work in partnership with all of us to address the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities” Mr Arrage concluded.
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