Most Australians assume if they get embroiled in a serious problem and can't afford a lawyer, legal aid will be there to help. Today, they're mostly wrong.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts by successive Federal Governments have pushed legal aid to the brink of collapse. Legal aid services are closing. More cuts are on the way.
Today, even people living below the poverty line are often judged too wealthy to qualify for scant legal aid funding.
Whoever wins the election must put an end to this crisis.
Sign the petition and write to your local Member of Parliament now to reverse the cuts, boost funding and let politicians know that #LegalAidMatters.
Without legal aid, Ronald, a former volunteer fire fighter, failed an "in person" bail application. He had to endure six weeks in custody where he was badly assaulted.