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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are entitled to the same legal rights as the non-Indigenous population of Australia and to equality before the law at all stages of the legal process.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports

  • Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization;
  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and welcomes Australia’s endorsement of this instrument.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates 

  • genuine, respectful discussion with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples concerning the reduction of Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system;
  • Improvement in service provision to facilitate access to justice for Indigenous people, wherever they live.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.