Stop Government Cuts to Community Legal Centres
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In August 2017, the government will cut funding to Community Legal Centres by 32%.
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are not-for-profit organisations. The assistance that they provide includes free legal advice, casework, education and other community development services. CLCs focus on those who are most vulnerable to disadvantage and those with special needs.
Without CLCs the most vulnerable people in society will not be able to access legal services. CLCs assist:
- victims of domestic violence;
- the homeless;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders;
- low income earners;
- asylum seekers and refugees; and
- people with a disability.
CLCs provide access to services that may otherwise be unaffordable or unattainable:
- legal advice;
- assistance in court;
- referral to other services; and
- law reform.
CLCs return a benefit to the community that is 18 times the value of every dollar that is spent on them in government funding.
By intervening and providing assistance at the early stages of legal problems, CLCs are able to prevent them from escalating and becoming more costly matters. Hereby they are able to reduce the cost to the justice system and consequently the taxpayer.
What can you do?
Sign the petition
Find out more about CLCs at http://www.naclc.org.au/
Read the NACLC Annual Report at http://www.naclc.org.au/resources/NACLC_AR16WEB.pdf
Join the online campaign with #fundequaljustice and visit http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/
Write to your local member of Parliament. If you are unsure of how to contact or find your local member, follow this link: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members
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