Law Society engages with political parties
ahead of state election
Law Society engages with political parties ahead of state election
Major parties contesting the NSW State Election have responded to the key areas of legal reform identified by the peak body representing the state’s legal profession. In December 2018, the Law Society of NSW released its State Election Platform which sets out a blueprint for appropriate resourcing of the courts and justice system, as well as calling for various law reforms to ensure NSW laws are contemporary and appropriate.
Building a Justice Precinct in south-western Sydney, expanding drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities and the Drug Court in rural, remote and regional areas, increased funding for Legal Aid and more early intervention services for indigenous justice are just some of the key law and order issues identified by the Law Society.
Following the release of the State Election Platform, the Law Society called on all candidates and parties participating and standing for election to declare their position in relation to the various matters set out in the document.
NSW Law Society President, Elizabeth Espinosa, said responses from the major parties have now been received.
‘The Law Society welcomes the engagement of parties and election candidates in the political process and I thank all parties for their responses,” Ms Espinosa said.
“The State Election provides a vital opportunity for citizens to familiarise themselves with the proposed policies and position of these candidates.
“The justice system exists for the benefit of all communities and citizens and we are committed to ensuring it remains a priority after the NSW Election.”
The Law Society’s State Election Platform and the responses from the political parties can be found at www.lawsociety.com.au/2019-state-election-platform
Sue Finn | Media and Public Relations Manager The Law Society of New South Wales
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