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New regional legal hotline available in the Northern Territory.



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6 September 2001

NEW REGIONAL LEGAL HOTLINE AVAILABLE IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Today I will launch a new free legal telephone hotline service for people living regional, rural and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

These people are now able to access information about the legal system and if needed, can get initial legal advice about their situation.

This is the final part of the $6.1 million Australian Law Online initiative which already includes a comprehensive website and the national Family Law Hotline.

Building on the national family law hotline, the Regional Law Hotline ensures that people living in 14 specially targeted areas around Australia are not disadvantaged by their location and can more easily access information about the law and legal services.

A toll free number, available only from the 14 designated areas, is operated from two call centres located in Bunbury, Western Australia and Traralgon, Victoria. This allows an 8am to 8pm service.

Hotline operators can provide information about the family law system and the various options available. In addition, if a caller needs further more general information or legal advice, they can be connected directly to a legal professional.

Community legal services and legal aid commissions are helping to provide this regional service.

From today the hotline will operate in regional, rural and remote areas surrounding Broken Hill, Mt Gambier, Spencer Gulf, the Kimberley, Berri,

Gippsland, Albury-Wodonga, Kalgoorlie, Albany as well as parts of the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

By the end of the month additional services will also be up and running in Mt Isa, Roma and Nowra.

The Regional Law Hotline number is 1800 050 400.

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