Queensland Law Society

More legal aid funding for nation’s most vulnerable

Queensland’s peak legal body has thrown its support behind a Federal Senate motion calling for a ramp up of legal aid funding.

Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor said it was disappointing there was no commitment in the Federal Budget to increase funding for legal assistance throughout the country.

“There is a great need for legal assistance in both the State of Queensland and the rest of the nation,” he said.

“The Federal and State Governments must step up to commit to a genuine long-term plan to ensure the vulnerable are able to access justice when they most need it.”

Mr Taylor’s comments come as a motion was passed in the Federal Senate calling for greater funding to ensure access to justice for the nation’s most vulnerable.

The motion revealed the Australian Government’s share of legal aid funding compared with the states is forecasted to drop to $7.78 per capita in 2019-20.

“This is the equivalent of a hamburger,” Mr Taylor said.

“Is this all that our nation’s most vulnerable are worth?”

Queensland Law Society has long campaigned for adequate access to justice in the state and wider nation, and stands ready to work with the government into the future.