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Topic: Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
R v Bayden Flash – rough justice in the deep north

R v Bayden Flash – rough justice in the deep north

To ensure the adversarial system works as well as it can, the accused must have counsel at least on par with that of the Crown. Mismatches of lawyers at trial is the stuff of Deep South murder trials in the USA. There some accused, unable to afford sufficiently experienced lawyers in an environment of little or token legal aid, can be represented by law students or destitute lawyers willing to appear for all in fees of a thousand bucks to defend an alleged killer heading to the electric chair.    

NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

CAALAS stated that "This series of complaints has shone a light on the stresses under which judges, lawyers and court staff work and much needs to be done to rectify this situation generally."

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

The law is like a spider’s web, In all humility I explain: the rich man fears it not neither he that is in command. The large beetles break free and only the small insects are ensnared

“People work. People make money … You don’t know what a first world economy is”: Judge Greg Borchers, Tennant Creek Youth Court, 6 June 2017.

“People work. People make money … You don’t know what a first world economy is”: Judge Greg Borchers, Tennant Creek Youth Court, 6 June 2017.

"You're not going back into the community. The community can't afford you. It's quite clear that you and your family are not going to pick up the damages for what you've caused. And, presumably, and I infer this, you've got no understanding of that. You don't know what a first world economy is." Judge Greg Borchers, Tennant Creek Youth Court, 6 June 2017

“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing  crisis in the NT

“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing crisis in the NT

NT housing minister Bess Price admitted that Aboriginal housing was unacceptable. “I’ve visited communities, where the houses have been built in the eighties, and it’s not fit for humans.”

David Ross – on taking power and reclaiming self-determination on our own terms

David Ross – on taking power and reclaiming self-determination on our own terms

Central Land Council Director David Ross: self-determination has been "bastardised and shoved into the closet" by governments. He issues a forceful call for Aboriginal people to reclaim the concept of self-determination on their own terms.