Women, Legal Aid and Social Inclusion

Hunter, Rosemary and De Simone, Tracey (2009) Women, Legal Aid and Social Inclusion. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 44 (4). pp. 379-398. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines access to legal aid for women in light of the Australian government’s social inclusion agenda. It is notable that the government’s image of social citizenship does not include the ability to invoke and enforce legal rights, and that discourses of social exclusion have paid relatively little attention to gendered patterns of exclusion. The article reports on a study of applications for and refusals of legal aid for family law, domestic violence and anti‑discrimination matters by socially excluded women in Queensland. It demonstrates the variety of ways in which Legal Aid Queensland’s grants process operated to further exclude and marginalise these women. It argues that effective access to legal aid is an important element of social inclusion, but that this goal cannot be achieved by reliance on the tools of New Public Management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2010 09:06
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2011 16:56
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23853 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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