I move that the Senate
(i) Research from early 2012 by the Australia Institute which revealed that approximately 500,000 Australians are missing out on essential legal services;
(ii) The 2012 ACOSS Community Sector Survey that highlighted how community legal centres are struggling to meet demand, waiting lists are increasing and approximately 14 per cent of people who sought assistance in 2010/11 were turned away;
(iii) Recent research by the NSW Law and Justice Foundation which estimated that each year over 8 million people will experience a legal problem;
(b) calls on the Government to:
(i) Respond to the current crisis in the legal assistance sector, and promote improved access to justice, by addressing: the high cost of legal services; increasing demand for legal assistance; changes to legal aid eligibility; and the impact of recent court fee increases on individuals and small businesses.
The motion recieved the support of the Senate.