Access to justice brought closer with $33 million funding boost

Community Law Australia today welcomed increased funding to ensure that community legal centres across the country can service more people in need of legal help.

New funding announced by the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus today of $33 million nationally over 4 years will mean that access to justice is not just a set of words, but closer to a reality for thousands of Australians that community legal centres are struggling to service because of limited resources.

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Inquiry into legal barriers for people with disabilities a significant opportunity

Community Law Australia commended the appointment of Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM to the new inquiry into Legal Barriers for People with Disabilities announced by the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus yesterday.

The inquiry, which will be conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is a crucial opportunity to address the barriers that people with disabilities face in terms of access to justice.

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Productivity Commission inquiry a welcome and timely response to the access to justice crisis

Community Law Australia has today welcomed the Attorney-General’s announcement that the Productivity Commission will examine the legal access crisis in Australia, and consider how best to improve access.

Community Law Australia Spokesperson Carolyn Bond said that access to justice should not depend on the size of your bank balance or where you live, but that access should extend to all who need it.

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