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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 565

Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)deplores the lack of vision displayed in the law and justice aspects of the 1994-95 Budget delivered on 10 May 1994;

  (b)notes, with concern, that the Budget will do little to improve community access to legal services or reduce their cost;

  (c)deplores the cuts to certain programs provided by agencies such as the Trade Practices Commission and the Human Rights Commission; and

  (d)expresses disappointment at the failure of the Government to take up the measures advocated by the Australian Democrats in their Budget proposals such as:

    (i)increased funding for community legal centres,

    (ii)additional funds for prison infrastructure and services,

    (iii)the substantial increase needed in legal aid,

    (iv)the national education and action program against violence against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, and

    (v)additional funds for the Family Court to enable it to provide the increased support services needed by the growing number of people going through the traumatic experience of marriage dissolution.