Published 1992
Poverty Law and Social Change
John Chesterman


In Poverty Law and Social Change, John Chesterman traces the evolution of the Fitzroy Legal Service from a thorn in the side of the legal profession to a valued contributor to legal debate and a powerful advocate of pragmatic reform. In this process, he provides an entertaining and perceptive account of the forces that have prompted legal reform in Australia from the early 1970’s particularly in the development of legal aid.

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All historical photography by John Corker.

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