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Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme closes soon – help to apply

In this Q&A, Maureen Randall from Redfern Legal Centre encourages First Nations Elders who may be eligible for ex-gratia payments under the Stolen Generations...

Sydney’s broad highway out of lockdown must carry us all

As Sydney’s lockdown restrictions lift, Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council of Australia says “the road out must be a broad highway that can carry all of us, not just the lucky few”. Others say to “build back better” we must seek diverse perspectives from those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Honouring Margaret Jones (1927–2019)

Margaret Jones, one of Redfern Legal Centre’s longest-serving volunteers, passed away last month, aged 91.

Introducing Nina Serova

Nina Serova will work closely with residents and agencies to ensure that they have the tools and information they need to take their views on the Waterloo redevelopment to government.

Raising awareness about sexual assault

A new factsheet for students who have experienced sexual assault is available in 11 languages for international students.

Commission spotlights predatory and deceptive practices

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been targeted or ignored by financial services.

Stand-up for social justice

Redfern Legal Centre celebrates 40 years with a giant comedy fundraiser

Independent assistance for master planning

Kira Osborne and Thomas Chailloux have started work to independently resource tenants and community during planning for the Waterloo redevelopment.

‘We can handle the truth’

To date the government has only made four informal commitments to the community since announcing the project 12 months ago.

RLC funding update: three services saved, one to close

The Redfern Legal Centre has received some much-needed financial support after announcing a funding shortfall. But one important service is still going to close.

New arrest laws legalise poor policing, says legal expert

Two months before Barry O’Farrell announced the ‘one punch’ laws, he passed a different law that expands police powers to arrest without warrant. Like the ‘one punch’ laws, the arrest laws have been met with controversy, with some South Sydney community groups fearing the expanded arrest powers will reduce in-depth investigation and leave vulnerable people more exposed to abuse.

Housing NSW’s failure to respond to vulnerable tenants

REDFERN: Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) has lodged a complaint with the NSW Ombudsman regarding Housing NSW’s ongoing failure to respond to the needs of their tenants. The complaint, lodged on July 22, highlights six case studies in which tenants repeatedly tried to communicate with Housing NSW with no response.

Changes to Succession of Tenancy policy

Previously, under Housing NSW’s Succession of Tenancy policy, some household members were eligible to take over the tenancy if the tenant on the lease...

Federal grant will help fund credit and debt services

REDFERN: The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfuss visited Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) to announce $60,000 of untied federal funding at a time when the state government has cut funding to community legal centres across the state.

Editorial – April 2013: Support for Community Legal Centres

In 1977 NSW’s first Community Legal Centre (CLC) was opened in Redfern. Redfern Legal Centre opened with just one paid staff member, but lots of volunteers with expertise, enthusiasm, passion, commitment and a vision to provide legal services for disadvantaged and marginalised people.