Community Legal Centre Funding:
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver Community Legal Centres across the country the funding they need to keep their doors open, after three years of devastating cuts under the Abbott-Turnbull Government
160,000 people were turned away from Community Legal Centres last year alone. Centres face a 30 per cent funding cut on 1 July 2017, which will see many centres having to close their doors to clients. This is not right and Labor will address it. A Shorten Labor Government will invest almost $43 million in frontline legal services over three years from 1 July 2017 so they can keep doing their vital work.
Access to justice is a fundamental right of all Australians. Only a Shorten Labor Government will ensure that right is safeguarded – the only guarantee you will get from the Turnbull Government is further funding cuts.
Legal Aid Funding:
In government, Labor delivered a boost of $30 million over two years for Legal Aid Commissions.
The Abbott-Turnbull Government has cut $24 million from Community Legal Centres, $15 million from Legal Aid Commissions, and $13 million from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
That tells you all you need to know about the difference in priorities between Labor and Liberal.
Legal Aid funding is a joint arrangement with the States and Territories. A Shorten Labor Government would work with the States and Territories to negotiate appropriate funding arrangements.