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LCA calls for action ahead of federal election

Arthur Moses SC

The Law Council of Australia has highlighted key areas of legislative reform it says needs improvement for the betterment of the Australian community, its democracy and the legal profession.

There are nine separate areas covered in the ‘2019 Federal Election: Call to Parties’ document, with a central principle being “that all Australians deserve access to justice”, a statement said.

Key focus areas include the increased funding of legal assistance, strengthened governmental and legal system integrity, and consideration as to the law and those who are at a disadvantage, the Law Council said.

Access to justice, the strengthening of integrity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, criminal justice, the law and people experiencing disadvantage, human rights, business rights and consumer rights, professional regulation and other law reform make up the nine areas looked at in the document.

The ‘Call to Parties’ clearly sets out the Law Council’s core policy platforms and recommended legislative reforms in the lead up to the federal election according to president Arthur Moses SC.

“All Australians deserve effective, good laws, as well as access to justice,” he expressed.

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He said that “central to the mission of the Law Council is promoting the administration of justice, access to justice, a strong legal profession and improvement of the law”.

Calling the document a ‘clear and concise roadmap’, Mr Moses reflected on the ‘Call to Parties’ as stating “our major policy priorities across a broad range of areas, from legal assistance funding to regulation of the legal profession”.

He noted the Law Council “is calling on parties to significantly increase the federal contribution of legal assistance funding by $310 million a year”.

While, a key focus is also “improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through community-led initiatives and constitutional recognition”.

Further, Mr Moses stated “we believe the enactment of a federal bill of rights is vital, as the existing legal framework does not adequately protect fundamental human rights”.

 

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