Sign the petition and join the call to stop cuts to our community legal centres
The federal government has failed Australians with its decision to slash 30% of funding to community legal centres from 1 July 2017.
I recently visited Cairns Community Legal Centre, one of 190 free legal centres around Australia. These centres assist a range of disadvantaged people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples with essential legal needs such as family law, housing, welfare and women and children fleeing domestic violence. They do it all on a shoestring budget already.
Cairns Community Legal Centre faces planning uncertainty as there is no clarity on how the cuts will manifest for individual centres. If they lose 30% of federal funding, they will lose more than one full time staff, and around 400 vulnerable clients a year will be turned away.
I put a question on notice to the Attorney General and secured the support of the crossbench against the cuts. Bringing together the crossbench part of ongoing an agreement to cooperate on common matters affecting our constituents.
A letter signed by crossbenchers has been emailed to the Attorney General. Please sign the petition and send a strong message to the Queensland Parliament that we want secure, long term funding for our community legal centres.
Sign the petition below and get behind the call to the Attorney General to secure long-term funding for these essential legal services for our community.