The Aboriginal Legal Service: Gerry Moore

“We’ve come a long way.” Gerry Moore (CEO of The Aboriginal Legal Service) sees opportunities today as due to pioneers like Paul Coe, Mum Shirl and Uncle Chicka Dixon. In the early 1970’s Aboriginal people were regularly picked up outside ‘The Big E’ – The Empress Hotel and The Clifton, beaten and given spurious charges. The Aboriginal Legal Service was created by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to bring such police brutality (and biased magistrates) into line and give Aboriginal people good legal representation – and itself became a pioneer.

Keywords: Racism, values; Redfern; political activism; police; organisations; change, city; change, attitudes