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Tuesday, 17 June 2003
Page: 11662

Senator BOLKUS (South Australia) (3.35 p.m.)—I, and also on behalf of Senator Greig, move:

That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 3 March 2004:

The capacity of current legal aid and access to justice arrangements to meet the community need for legal assistance, including:

(a) the performance of current arrangements in achieving national equity and uniform access to justice across Australia, including in outer-metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas;

(b) the implications of current arrangements in particular types of matters, including criminal law matters, family law matters and civil law matters; and

(c) the impact of current arrangements on the wider community, including community legal services, pro bono legal services, court and tribunal services and levels of self-representation.

Question agreed to.