The 2019 federal election and access to justice


Over the past several weeks, the the major federal political parties have been rolling out their policy announcements ahead of the May 18 election.

Most recently, we've seen some quite welcome announcements affecting sector funding and access to justice. In the last few days before early voting opened, both Labor and the Greens released policy commitments which would have a significant impact on access to justice for people and communities who need it most.

You'll find a useful summary of each major party's position in relation access to justice in this Lawyers Weekly story.

Here are a some specific announcements.

The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) has welcomed plans by the ALP and Greens to address critical First Nations justice issues (read more here) as well as a commitment from the ALP to provide additional funding for community legal centres to keep people experiencing family violence safe (read more here).