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2016 election candidates

In June 2016, Community Legal Centres Queensland wrote to over 150 House of Representatives candidates and 60 Senate candidates in next month's election, asking what action they'll take to address the access to justice crisis in Queensland.

In the context of the forthcoming election, Community Legal Centres Queensland seeks candidates' views on the current access to justice crisis and we invited candidates to outline their proposals to address the unmet demand for free quality legal help for members of the community in this area who cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer.

Read their responses below.

The Turnbull Coalition Team

The Turnbull Coalition acknowledges the valuable contribution of community legal centres (CLCs) and we have made a substantial investment which recognises the vital work being done by the legal... > more

Australian Labor Party

Community Legal Centre Funding: A Shorten Labor Government will deliver Community Legal Centres across the country the funding they need to keep their doors open, after three years of devastating... > more

Bronwyn Herbertson, ALP candidate for Groom

As a previous employee of a Community Legal Service I am a passionate advocate for the vital services that they deliver. When I was responsible for the Rural Women's Outreach Legal Service, operating... > more

Marijuana (HEMP) Party

HEMP is a single issue party and doesn't usually reply to such enquiries. We obviously don't have plans or proposals in relation to your questions, but we do talk about how cannabis law reforms will... > more

Brandon Selic, senate candidate for the Pirate Party

Thank you for the opportunity to answer questions regarding Queensland’s community legal centres. The Pirate Party has members aside from myself who work or volunteer for community legal centres... > more

The Greens

As you know legal assistance is not a privilege – it is the right of all Australians. A truly just society has a legal system that can serve those who cannot afford to pay for legal representation,... > more

Glenn Lazarus, senate candidate

The Glenn Lazarus Team understands the importance of community legal centres (CLCs), as one of the four key free legal assistance providers in Australia. CLCs play a central role in combatting the... > more

Frances Jankowski, Senate candidate for the Arts Party

1. What commitments will you make in response to urgent legal assistance needs? The Arts Party supports increased funding, and expansion of personnel and facilities, to allow timely and effective... > more

Paul Keyworth, Senate candidate for Online Direct Democracy Party

Online Direct Democracy Party puts legislative proposals in the hands of its’ members. Ergo, it is up to them to suggest which legislation they desire their representatives to support or block.... > more

Mike Head and Erin Cooke, Senate Candidates for Socialist Equality Party

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) unequivocally opposes the deepening cuts to legal aid and assistance, and insists that access to legal services is a basic social and democratic right that must be... > more

Jan Pukallus, senate candidate for Citizens Electoral Council

The most vulnerable in society (those in poverty, the disabled, victims of violence, children, the elderly) must be prioritised with the care and infrastructure they need and deserve. Any one of us... > more

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party

...​ we will be pushing very hard to review family law and all support bodies as we are well aware that things are broken within the whole system. We will look for much needed increased funding... > more