Queensland Government Funding Cuts Undermine Access to Justice

August 1, 2012

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is concerned that the Queensland Government?s recent funding cuts to community legal centres will adversely impact on access to justice in Queensland.

The Environmental Defenders Office Qld, the Environmental Defenders Office NQ, Sisters Inside and, most recently, the Queensland Working Women’s Service have had their State government funding cut off which is likely to see their services being significantly reduced or even ceasing entirely.

Equality before the law and the principle of non-discrimination lie at the heart of most international human rights instruments. For example, Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provides that ?all persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals.? ALHR is concerned that by jeopardising the operation of key non-government agencies which provide access to the law in areas where people are particularly vulnerable or where money and resources are concentrated in the hands of businesses whose primary focus is not on protecting the environment, Queensland is undermining Australia?s practical ability to comply with these principles.

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