Opening remarks: Launch of the Justice Project Final Report
Speech delivered by Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of Australia, at Parliament House, Canberra, 23 August 2018.
"The diverse lived experience of Australians across many walks of life is documented in this report. Case study after case study showing the sometimes devastating impact of not being able to access justice services, at crucial times in your life.
Impacts like eviction, homelessness, losing custody of children, elder abuse and family violence, poorer health, exploitation in the workplace, entrenched poverty, and incarceration.
This is affecting not only people at the margins of our society but is felt across the whole population – including impacting our fiscal budgets, and in our lost potential as a nation."
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