Table of Contents

Part One – Overview: Professional conflict and welfarism

Legal needs and the origins of contemporary legal aid

The Whitlam years: Public aid and social democratic vision

Professional reactions, mobilisation and division

Fraserism, conflict and State commissions

Part Two – Overview: Professional change, neo-liberalism and the state

Growth, consolidation and crisis

From providers to purchasers and suppliers

Community legal centres: Autonomous and alternative

Conclusion: Professionalism and Australian legal aid in retrospect

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