WEL 1998 Election Form Guide

Legal Aid

Legal Aid in family law areas is particularly important for women as they are often less able to negotiate financial arrangements, particularly where property is involved. Legal Aid has not been available to women in this area for some time, even under the previous Labor government. The highly emotive area of custody has also seen many women now being refused Legal Aid. The lack of resources in this area carries both costs for the families and costs for the government when social security may have to pick up responsibilities which should be more fairly allocated to fathers.

1993-96 under Labor -1

Positives

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Negatives

Had already pegged legal aid funds to the states causing problems in property settlements for low income families.

1996-98 under the Liberal/National Party Coalition -2

Positives

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Negatives

Further cuts to Commonwealth Legal Aid have required strict rationing of resources to families who would have been eligible under previous already tight guidelines.

Election Promises by Labor -

Positives

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Negatives

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Election Promises by Liberal/National Party Coalition -

Positives

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Negatives

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SCORE SO FAR Labor -1
Coalition -2

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