Major parties fall short on legal aid funding


Both major parties have failed to give any commitment to minimum increases in legal aid funding, despite Australia recording a combined budget surplus of $28 billion over the past two years.

Law Council President Tim Bugg said, “The budget surplus in 2006/07 was $17.3 billion; this year it is projected to be $10.6 billion – yet we’re supposed to accept that a fraction of this amount cannot be spared to assist less fortunate Australians pursue their right to justice.”

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26 September 2007

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