Re-visiting the origins, rise and demise of the Australian Legal Aid Office

Don Fleming, Francis Regan

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In 1973, popular access to law in Australia was transformed when the Whitlam Labor Government intervened to reform legal aid and establish the Australian Legal Aid Office (ALAO). The ALAO administered a comprehensive national scheme that dramatically improved access to legal aid. Poorer and low-income people became eligible for legal representation in civil, family and criminal law proceedings and other inside litigation matters. In other types of legal problems, free legal advice, minor assistance and other outside litigation services were available to all citizens, according to need. For the first time in Australia, effective access to justice came close to being a reality for all, not only for the rich and powerful.1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-98
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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