Have you always wondered what to do if you got tangled up in a dispute over an unpaid bill? Or perhaps you got into a bit of a fight and now you’re facing charges? But what happens if you’re not eligible for Legal Aid, and you don’t have the money for a lawyer?
Every year, thousands of Australians seek the legal advice and help from community legal centres all around Australia. And it’s no different in Sydney, where there are at least ten different types of community legal centres in the city centre alone, ranging from generalist claims to consumer credit and even to intellectual disability representation. But now in the wake of $43 million cuts to community legal centres announced by the Federal Government late last year, these community legal centres are starting to wonder if they’re going to start turning away more and more clients.
Today is the National Day of Action for Community Legal Centres, and reporter Rachel Worsley sat down with some of our city’s busiest community legal centres to discuss their future.
Broadcast 3 April 2014.
Full Interview with Zoe Daniel on April 11th 2014 in the 2ser studios. The cut version (8min) will be available soon and go to air in early May.
Law and journalism often make good company, but few can imagine the path of one particular law student who has embodied every facet of that delicate balance between the two disciplines. Alix Piatek is in her final year of a law/journalism degree, and has worked as a barrister’s assistant, a political fact-checker, a writer for legal publication Justinian and now a producer on SBS’s talk show Insight. She talks to Rachel Worsley about how she straddles the divide.
Music: Prelude No.15 by Frederic Chopin.
It’s been debated, put on hold, built and now finally opened to the public. The Dulwich Hill light rail extension from Lilyfield was finally open today, with the first tram service running at 6am. It’s been hailed as a victory for public transport after years of wrangling over building this tram line.
The Liberal O’Farrell Government is happily taking all the credit for completing this public transport project that will benefit inner west commuters for years to come.
But not everyone is happy about the way the project has been planned and executed. Inner west commuters may be the real beneficiaries, but what about cyclists and commuters with disabilities or mobility restrictions who have been left out of the equation?
Rachel Worsley rode the tram this morning and brings you this report.
Picture credit: Rachel Worsley
Poetry has the power to take us to imaginary places, but often those rooted in the geography and history of past civilisations. And that’s what South-African born Australian poet John Mateer aims to achieve in his latest collection of poetry called Unbelievers, or The Moor. This collection aims to trace the influential but invisible histories of the Moorish state Al-Andalus, where the present day Spain and Portugal lie.
But there’s no mistaking the politics of apartheid, or the war on terror that has torn apart the Islamic and Western worlds. Nor can you mistake the startling similarities between Mateer’s adopted home of Western Australia and his ancestors’ hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. By drawing together these histories in parallel, Mateer succeeds in asking us: just how do the histories of civilisations survive the information age?
Here, in conversation with Rachel Worsley, he begins a reading of one of his poems from the collection.
Lionel Shriver discusses her latest novel ‘Big Brother’, a confronting look about society’s view on obesity and responsibility for our weight and food choices. We also discuss the role of gender, as per the special International Women’s Day broadcast on 8th March 2014.