Restored community legal centre funding vital in ensuring access to justice for disadvantaged Australians

24 April 2017
The Federal Government’s decision to reverse funding cuts for community legal centres has today been welcomed by social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers as a critical measure in ensuring access to justice for disadvantaged Australians.

Maurice Blackburn head of Social Justice Jennifer Kanis said community legal centres were a critical and essential service that must continue to be supported by all levels of government.

“The law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it and community legal centres play a vital role in helping to ensure access to justice for disadvantaged Australians,” Ms Kanis said.

“Our firm works closely with a range of community legal centres around the country – these centres have strong local connections and they do a tremendous job in providing the services needed for their local communities, including across vital areas such as homelessness, mental health and family and domestic violence.

“Funding for community legal centres should never have been placed in jeopardy - these centres are already under significant pressure to meet growing demand for their services.

“We welcome the news today that Federal funding will not be cut for community legal centres - such an announcement is long overdue and is a critical step in ensuring that these vital centres can continue with their important work,” she said.

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