Access to justice is incredibly important.
The social inequality is already huge. Those who can afford to pay a lawyer can often bully their way to outcomes far beyond their legal entitlement with a series of confusing formal looking letters.
Those who can afford the right lawyers often get off scot free in criminal matters while the less fortunate end up with ruined lives.
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The points are:
- Action 1 2010/11 Budget funding to secure: (i) a permanent Indigenous Liaison Officer; and (ii) establishment of a Mental Health Legal Centre
Action 2 Urgent location of short term office space to meet the present needs of the three CLCs [Community Legal Centres] co-located at Havelock House
Action 3 Quantify unmet legal need in the ACT and develop a funding plan to close the gap
Action 4 Implement the funding plan by establishing an ACT Community Legal Services Program
Action 5 Commit in the 2012/13 budget to securing an ACT Community Legal Centre Hub to house CLCs.
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