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Legal profession to rally in support of legal aid

Legal profession to rally in support of legal aid

By LIV Media

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The legal profession will rally with others concerned about the lack of legal representation for vulnerable Australians, as part of Law Week tomorrow Tuesday 17 May.

The Legal Aid Matters rally is part of a national campaign organised by the Law Council of Australia that calls for urgent improvements to legal assistance funding on a state and federal level. The campaign is also supported by the Law Institute of Victoria and Victorian Bar.

LIV president Steven Sapountsis said the rally would call attention to the urgent need for legal aid funding that has suffered deep cuts from successive Federal Governments. The Productivity Commission had recommended an additional $200 million in legal aid funding.

The rally will also draw attention to the foreshadowed cuts in Commonwealth funding to Community Legal Centres, Aboriginal Legal Centres, as well as other legal assistance bodies, which Mr Sapountsis said would serve to compound the funding crisis.

Speakers include Steve Hynes, who has successfully campaigned against cuts to legal assistance services in the United Kingdom, and retired Supreme Court Justice Betty King.

People can get involved and tell their local MPs that legal aid matters by visiting the campaign website: legalaidmatters.org.au.

What: Rally in support of increased legal assistance funding

Where: Forecourt, County Court of Victoria, 250 William St, Melbourne

When: 9 am Tuesday 17 May 2016

Who: Mark Woods, co-chair Legal Aid Matters Campaign; Stuart Clark, Law Council of Australia President; David Neal SC, co-chair Legal Aid Matters Campaign; Steve Hynes, Legal Action Group UK; Justice Betty King

For further information regarding this media release please contact the
LIV Media Department

T: 03 9607 9373
E: media@liv.asn.au


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