Court fee changes and right to lobby lead media wrap

Our latest media wrap leads with coverage of changes to Federal Court fees, and waivers and exemptions for disadvantaged litigants following our media release on Wednesday.

The right of community legal centres to lobby for law reform, a great in-depth radio interview on our campaign, and coverage of funding for community legal centres also feature.

We welcome your comments, and please let us know if you become aware of coverage  so we can share it with our campaign supporters.

You can keep up-to-date with all our media coverage by reading our In the Media category.

ACOSS community sector survey offers welcome boost for legal help campaign

The Community Law Australia campaign received a welcome media boost this week with the release of the 2012 Community Sector Survey by ACOSS.

ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie, and Community Law Australia Chair, Michael Smith, were prominent in highlighting the demand pressures, turn-away rates and underfunding faced by community legal centres around Australia.

Here are some of the highlights, and a selection other related media.

We welcome your comments, and please let us know if you become aware of coverage we can share it with our campaign supporters.

You can keep up-to-date with all our media coverage by reading our In the Media category.

Time for a Q&A on ACOSS survey results

With the release of the ACOSS community sector survey, we hope tonight’s appearance of ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie on ABC TV’s Q&A will prompt lots of questions about chronic underfunding of vital services – including the 73 per cent of community legal centres that report they are unable to meet demand for quality, free legal help in local communities.

The demand pressures and shortfall in government funding have been highlighted in a Community Law Australia media release, and featured on ABC TV News last night. The survey also comes as a cost-benefit analysis shows community legal centres deliver $18 benefit for every dollar invested.

To support the Community Law Australia campaign, we encourage you to engage with tonight’s episode of Q&A by posting your question at the program website, or by tweeting @qanda during the show (from 9.35pm AEST tonight) using the #qanda hashtag. You might like to throw in some other hashtags if you have room, including our #CommunityLawAus, and #auspol.

Let’s hope this important survey gets a run!

 

Welcome media profile for Community Law Australia

The Community Law Australia campaign is maintaining a welcome profile in the media two weeks out from our 16 July launch at the High Court of Australia. Here are some of the highlights:

We welcome your comments, and please let us know if you become aware of coverage we can share it with our campaign supporters.

You can keep up-to-date with all our media coverage by reading our In the Media category.

Launch brings welcome focus on legal need

Yesterday’s launch of the Community Law Australia campaign at the High Court of Australia drew widespread media attention to the need to fund quality legal help for ordinary Australians in their local communities.

National spokesperson Hugh de Kretser faced a busy media round for the launch, in print and radio interviews, a press gallery tour of Federal Parliament, and on the Ten Network’s The Project.

Here are some of the highlights:

Interviews also took place with ABC Canberra and a number of commercial stations.

We welcome your comments, and please let us know if you become aware of coverage we can share with our campaign supporters.