Tag: Legal Aid

  • Why refugees need legal aid

    By Azadeh Dastyari Immigration Minister Scott Morrison added yet another burden to asylum seekers this week when he announced that they would no longer be eligible for “taxpayer funded immigration advice and assistance”. That is, asylum seekers arriving without a valid visa, by boat or plane, will no longer be eligible to obtain independent and professional immigration […]

  • Human Rights in the Federal Budget Part 2: The Attorney-General’s Department

    By Adam McBeth The Attorney-General’s Department has trumpeted the commitment of an additional $130 million in the next year “to improve access to justice for all Australians.” The bulk of that amount will be spent on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, with a further $23.5 million split between Community Legal Centres, […]

  • Jeopardising access to justice for people experiencing mental illness

    Guest Blogger: Catherine Leslie, Mental Health Legal Centre For many people with mental health issues in Australia, infringements on human rights and inequality are everyday lived experiences through forced psychiatric treatment and detention and restrictions on their ability to manage their own affairs.  The many social and economic disadvantages they encounter mean that free independent […]