National Justice Project Calls for Funding for Vital Indigenous Law Program

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National Justice Project Calls for Funding for Vital Indigenous Law Program

11 July 2019

The National Justice Project is standing shoulder to shoulder with the National Peak Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) as it calls on the federal government to properly fund the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).

The Federal Budget handed down in April 2019 slashed funding and abolished the ILAP.

Head of the NJP, Adjunct Professor George Newhouse said, “It is simply disgraceful to wind up the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program that does vital work addressing the massive disadvantages faced by our Indigenous communities. Community controlled services like ILAP are critical to ending racial discrimination.”

Over 100 legal, health, disability, social justice and human rights organisations are behind the call to retain the ILAP, signing an open letter to the Federal Government on the issue.

For Comment Contact George Newhouse 02 9327 2289