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NEWS R E L E A SE

ATTORNEY- GENERAL AND

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE The Hon. D aryl Williams a m q c m p

11 February 1997 218

NSW LEGAL· AID

The Commonwealth firmly believes co-operative legal aid arrangements are in the best interests of legal aid recipients.

Therefore the Commonwealth regrets today’s moves by the New South Wales Labor Government to formally approve that State’s withdrawal from the longstanding co­ operative arrangements for the delivery of legal aid services.

If New South Wales is intent on pursuing this course, the Commonwealth will have no alternative but to establish its own legal aid regime.

The Commonwealth will continue negotiations with individual jurisdictions.

Contrary to Mr Shaw’s rhetoric, the goal posts have not moved in relation to legal aid but the legal landscape has. Outdated legal aid agreements have allowed Legal Aid Commissions to allocate legal aid funding on an ad hoc basis for State matters at the expense of people seeking legal aid for Commonwealth law matters.

New legal aid agreements will correct this anomaly and provide the basis of a fairer legal aid system.

I urge the New South Wales Labor Government to work with the Commonwealth to ensure a continuation of the current co-operative arrangements which are in the best interest of legal aid recipients.

Media contacts: Megan Bonny (Attorney-General’s office) (06)277 7300