IMG20190527124359ATSILS took part in National Reconciliation Week celebrations this week on Thursday Island, attending the ’67 Referendum Day Community Gathering and Morning Tea with Elders at the Anglican Church Community Hall.

ATSILS participated in providing an information stall for the community along with other Thursday Island Social Justice Interagency Services.

Big esso to the coordinators of the event for inviting us to participate, the “Black Paradise” band for providing the tunes and most importantly the Elders who shared with us their fascinating stories of the events leading to the 1967 Referendum.






IMG_4736On behalf of our CEO Shane Duffy, the Board of Directors and all the team at ATSILS, we send out a big congratulations to Robyn Lui who has become an officer of the court after her recent admission to the Supreme Court as a lawyer.

Alan Watkins a criminal law lawyer with the Cairns team said, “it was a personal honour to move Ms Lui for admission, Ms Lui understands the privilege of being an officer of the court and is looking forward to making a valuable contribution to the legal profession.”

Robyn was born and raised in Cairns and is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman. She is one of our experienced Court Support Officers and has been working in the Cairns regional office for many years. In her role with ATSILS she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients as part of the criminal law team servicing Cairns, Innisfail, Yarrabah and the Cape regions.

Robyn has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southern Queensland and her journey to becoming a lawyer included juggling the rigorous demands of raising a child as a single mum, whilst working full-time and studying part-time. She credits her achievement of being admitted to ALL the support she has received from her Son, Sister and Friends who were in the court room to witness this great occasion.

Speaking of her achievement, Robyn said it was important to her to continue to inspire and encourage current and future indigenous law students to complete their studies as well.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Ltd is appalled at the state of play for children and juveniles currently languishing in police watch houses across Queensland. It is totally unacceptable that such vulnerable young people are being subjected to this type of traumatic treatment whilst under the care of the state. Holding kids in these facilities is extremely dangerous and simply creates an unsafe environment where another death in custody is more likely to occur due to human rights abuses.

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