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NJP increasing capacity for First Nations communities to seek justice

The National Justice Project has welcomed two new Indigenous trainee lawyers as they continue to expand capacity for First Nations communities to seek justice. The two new Indigenous trainee lawyers – Lauren Davies and Megan Krakouer – have recently commenced their 12-month traineeship with NJP. The NJP’s latest recruits have been appointed for one year as part of the NJP First …

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Solidarity rally permit debate

George Newhouse speaks to ABC News 24 regarding the confusion caused by the NSW Supreme Court Decision not to grant a permit for the Solidarity Rally in Sydney on 6 June 2020.

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‘It does happen here’: Calls to address police brutality in Australia

The family of an Aboriginal man who died in custody says protests against police brutality in the US should be a wake-up call about the plight of Indigenous Australians in the justice system. Justice advocates in Australia, including the National Justice Project’s George Newhouse have drawn parallels between the death of George Floyd and the case of David Dungay jnr, …

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Former police watchdog commissioner says officer may have acted unlawfully during teenager’s arrest

A former commissioner of the New South Wales Police watchdog believes a police officer captured on camera sweeping the legs out from a 16-year-old Indigenous boy may have acted unlawfully. NJP’s George Newhouse discusses the case with ABC News and his role representing the family of the teenager. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/pressure-builds-over-police-handling-of-indigenous-boys-arrest/12317868

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NSW police officer in viral Indigenous teen arrest video should be charged, family says

A video of the 16-year-old being arrested in a Surry Hills park on Monday afternoon has been widely circulated on social media. NJP’s George Newhouse discusses the case with ABC News. Follow the story here. PHOTO: The boys family and other representatives take a knee at the press conference. SOURCE: ABC News: Mark Reddie https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-03/nsw-police-officer-in-indigenous-arrest-video-family-speaks/12316226

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Quoting a meme, Scott Morrison says US violence will not bring about change

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has referred to a meme to denounce violent protests in the United States prompted by the shocking death of an African-American man. In the SBS News coverage, NJP’s George Newhouse compares the case of David Dungay Junior, who died in custody while being pinned down by five police officers, with Mr Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Read more via …

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A looming threat: Covid-19 in immigration detention

During this time of emergency the NJP is proud to be part of an industry chorus, alongside the Human Rights Law Centre, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Refugee Legal, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, calling for refugees to be afforded the same level of consideration as the rest …

NJP COVID-19 Measures

The NJP will be running on skeleton staff in our physical office during this period (with many staff working remotely) which means less staff will be in the office to take phone calls. However, if you can’t get through to a staff member via phone, those who need to get in touch with a member of the NJP team can …

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WA Police Officer Charged over Geraldton Shooting

For the first time in nearly 40 years a WA police officer has been charged over the death of an Aboriginal person. Joyce Clarke, a 29 year old Yamatji woman, was fatally shot after her family called triple-0 asking for a welfare check. You can read about the case here https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/20/geraldton-shooting-police-officer-arrested-over-death-of-indigenous-woman The National Justice Project are acting for Joyce’s next …