Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need
Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice today welcomed the Turnbull government’s backdown on community legal centre funding cuts.
“I’m pleased to see that Attorney-General George Brandis has reversed his planned cuts in response to community campaigns to save our local legal centres” Senator Rice said.
“These cuts would have ripped $2.9 million out of Victorian community legal centres and denied access to justice to thousands of our most vulnerable Victorians.”
“It’s time now for Mr. Brandis to give certainty to the sector by funding the extra $200 million that the Productivity Commission says is needed to meet widespread legal need in our community.”