Aboriginal Legal Service

A public meeting is held at Redfern Presbyterian Church to propose an organisation which becomes the Aboriginal Legal Service. Founding and Council members include Paul Coe, Gary Williams, and Gary Foley. A council is elected including Charles French, Tom Williams and Gordon Briscoe. White members include Hal Wootten, Bob Debus, Garth Nettheim and Richard Chisholm. ‘…basically it amounted to Aborigines’ fear of a culture of police brutality and white lawyer self-interest.’ The new legal service is able to raise its own funds and where necessary arrange for free legal services and representation for any Aboriginal person in need. (Briscoe p. 152) (C59) (C115) (V15, ‘They’d be waiting at the paddy wagon to fill it up’)