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Access to justice and legal needs. Stage 1: public consultations   

, 2003 Summarises the responses received as a result of submissions and consultations on legal needs and barriers to access to justice.


Women


1.32 The NSW Department for Women submission noted that the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry Equality before the law – justice for women39 examined the disadvantage women experience with respect to the legal system. The Commission was concerned with systemic discrimination and how it operates to affect equal opportunity and status for women, notably in the areas of gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and family law.40

1.33 The Department’s submission goes on to state that many of the disadvantages experienced by women that were identified in the ALRC inquiry still exist today:



Equality before the Law: Justice for Women, Australian Law Reform Commission Report No. 69, 1994.
Submission from the NSW Department for Women.
Ibid.

39  Equality before the Law: Justice for Women, Australian Law Reform Commission Report No. 69, 1994.
40  Submission from the NSW Department for Women.
41  Ibid.