Legal aid funding for environmental cases comes to an end in New South Wales tomorrow - a move which has angered the State Opposition.
The New South Wales Government is bringing in new rules that will ban Legal Aid from representing activists or lobby groups, ending a 27-year tradition of funding major public interest environmental cases.
The Opposition's environment spokesman Luke Foley says the move is an ideologically-driven attempt to tip the balance in favour of industry.
"Local communities now will be forced to find the money themselves and of course we know that in some many cases they just won't be able to afford a legal battle against a big and powerful corporation," Mr Foley said.
"So many decisions and actions will go uncontested and the environment of the state will be the loser," he said.
The move is part of a wider crackdown on the spiralling cost of legal aid in New South Wales.