新南威尔士州总司法部长Mark Speakman和财政部长Dominic Perrottet宣布新州政府将为社区法律中心（CLCs）投资1500万澳元，并在今后四年内投资700万澳元用于民事审判改革。
『原文』 NSW and VIC regarding access to Justice!
NSW small businesses and individuals will be able to solve their legal problems more easily with more than $22 million in funding for Community Legal Centres and a Civil Justice Strategy that will improve the way small businesses resolve legal disputes.
NSW Attorney General (AG) Mark Speakman and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has committed more than $15 million for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and more than $7m for civil justice initiatives over the next four years.
CLCs provide free legal help to more than 50,000 people a year at more than 30 locations across NSW to prevent simple legal problems snowballing into serious issues, AG Speakman said.
This funding represents more funding certainty and significant increase in NSW Government funding for CLCs to continue that often life-changing work supporting small business and some of the most disadvantaged people in our community when their chips are down.
More than $15 million funding for CLCs will go towards implementation of the Review into Community Legal Centre Services. This funding includes $3 million already committed last year after the NSW Government stepped in to save CLCs from an imminent funding crisis with a $6 million funding boost over two years and is in addition to long term core NSW Government funding of approximately $6.5 million every year.
The NSW Government is also investing $7 million over four years to help small businesses and individuals resolve their disputes quickly, cheaply and fairly without setting foot in a courtroom.
Access to justice is not simply about providing an accessible court and tribunal system. It’s about investing in technology, self-help tools and resources to enable people to sort out problems earlier, saving time, money and stress, said AG Speakman.
NSW Treasurer Perrottet said providing this practical help to small businesses made economic sense and would help NSW continue its record of economic growth.
If small business operators can resolve their legal disputes at the click of a mouse or a tap of a touch screen, less time will be spent fighting legal battles and there’ll be more time to concentrate on the bottom line.
More detail about the Civil Justice Strategy, including funding for CLCs, will be announced after June, 2018.
In VIC the Andrews Labor Government has appointed Anna Cronin as Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner, bringing the office together with Ms Cronin’s existing role as the Commissioner for Better Regulation.
The new dual role will improve the effectiveness of both positions, creating a ‘one-stop shop’ for issues regarding red tape and improvements to regulation.
Ms Cronin has more than 25 years’ experience in policy development, including as an economist in the Commonwealth Government and as Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.
The combined role will enable the Commissioner to advise government on a broad range of regulatory reforms, including those which reduce regulatory burden, in close consultation with businesses and not-for-profits, particularly in regional areas.
Bringing together the Office of the Commissioner for Better Regulation and the Red Tape Unit will improve information sharing and provide a single point of entry for businesses and not-for-profit organisations dealing with regulatory issues.
The amalgamation comes off the back of consultation with key industry groups, including the Australian Industry Group, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victorian Farmers Federation, Housing Industry Association and Master Builders Association of Victoria.
Ms Cronin replaces Dr Matthew Butlin as the Red Tape Commissioner, following the completion of Dr Matthew Butlin’s second term in the role.
As the Red Tape Commissioner for almost three years, Dr Butlin played a key role in reducing the red tape burden for Victorian businesses. Prior to his appointment, he was Chair of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission.
VIC Treasurer Tim Pallas said, we’re streamlining the delivery of regulatory reform to cut red tape for businesses, not for profit organisations and the community.
Victorian Red Tape Commissioner Anna Cronin is quoted as saying, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to further progress regulatory reform, in consultation with businesses and not-for-profits, to achieve the best outcomes for the Victorian economy.
VIC Minister for Small Business Philip Dalidakis said that small businesses are crucial to Victoria’s economy, and the State Government wants to make life as easy as possible for small business owners and operators.
What is your impression of the two different approaches, one more money to support the existing legal system to resolve disputes i.e. NSW, the other more prevention by reducing points of contention, red tape i.e. VIC? Do you share your journalists’ opinion expressed at the start of the article?
A. NSW better?
B. VIC better?
C. Needs both?
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