Community Legal Centres funding crisis

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The Federal Government has announced that it will cut funding to Community Legal Centres from 1 July this year. The NSW Government have not yet indicated how much money they will provide to Community Legal Centres in NSW from 1 July this year.

The NSW Attorney General has acknowledged that victims of domestic violence and Indigenous Australians will suffer if funding is removed from Community Legal Centres.

'More than 15 Community Legal Centres are in danger of closing if the proposed funding cuts are implemented,’ said Mr Nassim Arrage, Chairperson, Community Legal Centres NSW and Principal Solicitor, Central Coast Community Legal Centre.

‘The NSW Government needs to invest in the Community Legal Centre in Broken Hill that provides free legal advice in the most remote parts of NSW. This Community Local Centre does not receive funding from the NSW Government and it is due to lose two of its three solicitors due to funding cuts on 1 July this year,’ said Mr Arrage.

‘Free legal advice will disappear from Deniliquin, Finlay and Corowa in the Riverina on July 1 if the proposed funding cuts go ahead. Redfern Legal Centre’s free legal advice and casework will reduce by 50%. These are just some places in NSW where they will be less support available for victims of domestic violence and Indigenous Australians,’ said Mr Arrage.

‘We are calling on the NSW Government to invest more funding in Community Legal Centres to ensure that victims of domestic violence and Indigenous Australians do not suffer more,’ said Mr Arrage.

Here are some recent media stories about the Community Legal funding crisis.

ABC Radio National Background Briefing

ABC Radio National Life matters

ABC Radio National Breakfast

ABC News

Sydney Morning Herald

The Guardian

We want you to contact your local State Member of Parliament and tell them to fund Community Legal Centres properly. Then Community Legal Centres can continue to provide free legal advice to people dealing with debt, family violence, tenancy, employment law and relationship breakdowns.

You can send an email to your local State MP at this link

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