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Welcome to the March edition of KLC’s eBulletin. This month, we report back from the Stolen Generations Hearing, discuss our outreach service at Long Bay Correctional Centre, and fill you in on recent additions to the KLC team.
L to R: Kaleesha Morris, Anna Cody and Kate Halliday 

Reparations for the Stolen Generations Hearing


Kingsford Legal Centre gave evidence to the New South Legislative Council’s Inquiry into reparations for the Stolen Generations on 10 February 2016. Anna Cody, Director of KLC, Kaleesha Morris KLC’s Aboriginal Access Worker and Kate Halliday our Law Reform and Policy Solicitor gave evidence to the Inquiry.

KLC has direct experience of the difficulties faced by Aboriginal people who have sought compensation for injuries relating to forced removal. KLC represented Ms Joy Williams throughout the 1990s in the first Australian litigation on behalf of a member of the Stolen Generations, and has given advice to other Aboriginal clients about the availability of compensation.
KLC told the Inquiry :
  • Greater efforts should be made to prevent Aboriginal children being placed into out of home care, including increased support for early intervention and greater access to the family law system for Aboriginal families; and
  • The NSW government should establish a reparations tribunal that would provide reparations, including monetary compensation.
KLC will follow up its appearance at the inquiry with a written submission.

Long Bay Correctional Centre Outreach
 

Long Bay Correctional Complex is located in KLC’s catchment in Malabar. 

KLC provides an outreach service to help inmates at Long Bay.  We respond to requests from prison welfare workers or prisoners directly. Prisoners who contact KLC by telephone are immediately put through to a solicitor for assistance and we also visit to provide advice. Prisoners need advice about fines, debts, visa cancellation and family law issues.

KLC attends pre-release information sessions at to help prisoners deal with their legal issues as they get closer to release.  Inmates often have issues around debt, consumer contracts, tenancy and victims restitution which, if not resolved quickly, can be make starting life outside gaol difficult. The sessions take the form of a BBQ lunch for inmates, their family and community organisations giving them the opportunity to discuss issues in an informal and relaxed setting.   

Spotlight On: Ellie Wood, Practical Legal Training Student


Ellie was a clinical student at KLC in semester 2 2014 in our Family Law/Domestic Violence Community Education Clinic. Over this summer Ellie has returned to complete some practical legal training with us.  We asked Ellie about her experience of our PLT program.
 
"The work at KLC has been really varied and interesting! I’ve worked on employment matters, discrimination, credit and debt matters and some minor criminal matters as well. As PLT students we get given a lot of responsibility, which means we have a really comprehensive learning experience. I’ve been able to work closely with the solicitors and work on matters in an in-depth way, which is really rewarding.
 
I think one of my favourite experiences was working on a General Protections Claim with Maria Nawaz. Our client had made a  bullying complaint about another employee and was dismissed shortly after. We argued that our client was dismissed for exercising her workplace right to make a bullying complaint. The other party was a large company, and we got a really positive result for our client. It was inspiring to know that we could go up against the “big guys” and do really well.  We settled the claim for compensation and a statement of service.

The incredible lunches we get given at Kooloora outreach rate pretty highly as well!
 
I think working at KLC has given me skills I can take into a lot of different areas. KLC has definitely inspired me to keep working in social justice and I’ve found it really inspiring to work around people who are passionate about what they do. I also have a music degree and am a classically trained opera singer, so I’m hoping I can use my arts background in my future career as well."

UNSW Law Revue Donation


Big thanks to the UNSW Law Society for their generous donation of $500 to KLC.  The money is from the proceeds of their excellent law revue in 2015. KLC is proud to be associated with the Revue and appreciates the ongoing support of UNSW Australia law students.

Roll On Semester 1


We are delighted to welcome the new mob of semester 1 clinical students to KLC. They are a noisy and enthusiastic bunch and we are excited to see campus busy again! They survived a 38 degree induction day, including a bus tour of our catchment. We are looking forward to working with them over the next 3 months.

Welcome to the New Kooloora Coordinator


A warm welcome to Andre Naumovsky, the new Coordinator at Kooloora Community Centre down in the Bilga estate in Malabar. Kooloora is one of our closest community partners so we look forward to getting to know Andre over the coming months.

New Herbert Smith Freehills Secondee


Herbert Smith Freehills generously provides KLC with two secondees every year. Current secondee Jennifer Wu’s six months at KLC are nearly up and we got the opportunity to meet our next secondee, Anais Morgan, at the student induction day. Anais enjoyed the opportunity to meet all of the staff and new students and KLC is looking forward to working with her over the next six months. Thanks to Jennifer and HSF for your contribution to KLC. 
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Address: Kingsford Legal Centre, F8-003, UNSW, 2052 
Telephone: (+61 2) 9385 9566
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