The law steps in

A NATIONAL network of environmental lawyers, which recently became operational in Australia, will help the ordinary Australian citizen in bringing his environmental complaints to the court where it matters. The national network of green lawyers will counsel people on urban planning and heritage protection and also represent the litigants in environmental issues. The network is an addition to the environmental defenders' officers group which provides legal advice in environmental law matters. The government will provide the green lawyers with funds to develop awareness on ecoissues by holding workshops on environmental law and also for producing publications on the subject. A network of community law reform, legal research and policy work in environmental law would also be established.

People in remote areas will be connected by means of a phone line. The government is also providing interpreters for people from nonEnglish speaking backgrounds like the aboriginals.