House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal legal aid


On 27 August 1980, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs tabled its report entitled Aboriginal legal aid.

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 18 chapters and 24 appendices.

Aboriginal legal aid

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 11 (PDF 9670KB)
Committee Membership, Contents, Recommendations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: The special needs of Aboriginals for legal aid
Ch3: Statistics
Ch4: Development of the Aboriginal Legal Service
Ch5: Why a Separate Aboriginal Legal Service?
Ch6: Aboriginals and the criminal law
Ch7: Aboriginal children and the law
Ch8: Aboriginal-Police relations
Ch9: Aboriginals and the civil law
Ch10: Aboriginal customary law and legal aid
Ch11: Aboriginals and welfare - the role of the Aboriginal Legal Services

Part B: Chapter 12 to Appendix 24 (end) (PDF 8511KB)

Ch12: Community legal education
Ch13: Alternative legal services
Ch14: Community participation in the delivery of Aboriginal legal aid
Ch15: Aboriginal Legal Service staff and training
Ch16: Funding
Ch17: National co-ordination
Ch18: Government policy on Aboriginal legal aid

Appendix 1: List of Witnesses
Appendix 2: Review of operations of the Aboriginal legal services in New South Wales, terms of reference
Appendix 3: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, capital cities and State/Territory balances
                 (1976 National Census of Population and Housing and projection to June 1980)
Appendix 4: Population of non-metropolitan Aboriginal communities, second half of 1978
Appendix 5: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 'Aboriginal' towns survey
Appendix 6: Aboriginal legal services' boundaries and offices
Appendix 7: Aboriginal Jegal services' staff, May 1980
Appendix 8: Table of grants made to and amounts requested by Aboriginal legal services, 1972-73 to 1979-80
Appendix 9: Criminal charges, N.S.W., 1975 and 1978
    Table 1. Appearances in 'Aboriginal' towns, 1978
    Table 2. Sex of drunkenness offenders by area, 1975 and 197S
Appendix 10: Charges proceeded with and decided in Magistrates' Courts, W.A., December 1973 to 1976
    Table 1. Charges resulting in imprisonment
    Table 2. Total charges
Appendix 11: Cases iinalised by the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service by nature of matter, 1973 to mid-1979
Appendix 12: Penalties for drunkenness by area, N.S.W., 1978
Appendix 13: Prisoners in gaol on the night of 30 June 1977, W.A.
Appendix 14: Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals in prison, major offences, S.A., 30 June 1976
Appendix 15: Study of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, 1973 to mid-1979
    Table 1. Number of cases for each client
    Table 2. Address and sex of clients
    Table 3. Age and sex of clients
Appendix 16: Circular Memorandum No. 13 of 1979, 'Interrogation of Suspect', Police Headquarters, Darwin, 15 May 1979
Appendix 17: Police Commissioner's Office Circular No. 354, 'Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement—Field Officers and Police Liaison Officers', Adelaide, 24 March 1975
Appendix 18: Australian Legal Aid Office, breakdown of applications approved, 1978-79
Appendix 19: Analysis of Commonwealth expenditure on Aboriginal legal aid, 1970-71 to1979-80
Appendix 20: Analysis of Aboriginal legal services' per capita expenditure, 1978-79
Appendix 21: Analysis of Aboriginal legal services' estimated cost per case, 1978-79
Appendix 22: The Aboriginal Legal Service Program
Appendix 23: Aboriginal Legal Services' Interim Charter
Appendix 24: Department of Aboriginal Affairs' staff numbers as at 30 June 1973-79

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