Law Institute Of Victoria Surveys Parties On Justice Issues Pre Election

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Monday 1 November 2010


Victorian political parties have been marked on eleven key justice issues in the lead up

to the State election by the Law Institute of Victoria.

This month’s Law Institute Journal contains exclusive opinion pieces by Attorney-

General Rob Hulls; Shadow Attorney-General Robert Clark and Greens Justice

spokesperson Sue Pennicuik.

LIV President Steven Stevens said it was pleasing to see that all parties had been

prepared to show where they stood on key justice issues.

“We surveyed the parties on their responses to key issues including funding legal aid;

protecting rights; the Charter of Human Rights; improving access to justice in regional

Victoria and reforming injuries law. The results were a mixed bag, but readers can

judge for themselves where the parties stand,” Mr Stevens said.

The LIV is looking for specific commitments to increased funding of legal aid to restore

access to justice to large parts of the community who are currently denied legal

representation. It also seeks commitments to have regional and rural lawyers undertake

Government legal work.

The Law Institute Journal is distributed to about 14,000 lawyers and legal professionals.

The November LIJ includes extensive election coverage and commentary on the

responses and includes a scorecard showing how the LIV assess responses on our 11

key issues.

The survey of the parties follows the LIV’s Advocating Justice for All platform, which

called on Governments State and Federal to commit to policies of supporting access to

justice; protecting rights; advancing government transparency, access and

accountability and focusing on long-term policies to address the causes of crime rather

than short-term “fixes”.

This survey was designed to provide the State’s legal profession with informed analysis

in the lead up to the election. 

“It brings justice issues to the forefront of the campaign by making the major and minor

political parties accountable in their commitments to these issues,” Mr Stevens said.


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