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Campaigning for legal aid in Australia

In May this year (2016), LAG’s director, Steve Hynes, was invited by the Law Council of Australia and the Cranlana Programme to speak at events to mark Australia’s National Law Week.

According to research by the Law Council at least 45,000 Australians have been forced to represent themselves in court due to the crisis in legal aid caused by government cuts. The Law Council, which is the umbrella organisation for all Australian lawyers, launched its Legal Aid Matters campaign to highlight the plight of Australians left without a legal aid safety net.

 

Steve spoke at events in Melbourne and Sydney about the campaigns to defend legal aid in the UK. He also gave the inaugural Cranlana Programme Justice and Society Oration.

 

The Cranlana Programme is an independent organisation based in Melbourne with a broad objective to cultivate wisdom in leadership. Steve's oration was recorded for the radio program, Big Ideas, which is broadcast on Australia's national ABC radio station.

 

In the program "Saving legal aid" Steve describes the shared history of the British and Australian legal systems and the importance of legal aid in ensuring equality before the law. The program is available to download.

 

An article on legal aid in Australia will be published in the June edition of the Legal Action journal.