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.
Kumanjayi Langdon, a sick, middle-aged Aboriginal man, was treated like a criminal and incarcerated like a criminal; he died in a police cell which was built to house criminals ... he was always likely to die suddenly due to chronic and serious heart disease, but he was entitled to die as a free man.
The late release of news of the LNP's cuts to Aboriginal legal aid services across the country will, in the words of one lawyer, "pave the way to assimilation through incarceration."
National Sorry Day is on Thursday 26th of May – The slogan for this years event is ‘SORRY. Still Living On Borrowed Time’.
“spastic c**t”; “stupid f**king idiot”; “god, he f**king stinks”; “shut your face.”; “dumb f**k”; “f**king loser”; “d**khead over there”; “… no brain”; “f**king retard"; “piece of s**t that he is”; "you f**king wanker"; shut the f**k up”