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It took decades to build an effective Indigenous legal network – now it’s under threat

In 1970, Redfern was a hard place to live.

The infamous Three Sisters public housing blocks, completed a few years before, already cast a long shadow over the suburb.

  • Arthur Moses
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

If you were Indigenous, it was an even more difficult place to live.

Racist policing, segregation by curfew and arbitrary arrest were rife.

The authorities were emboldened by the Askin state government’s Summary Offences Act.

These laws turned minor misdemeanours into offences and criminalised a generation of youth according to race and class.

But a group of…

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