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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

Media Release
Nick McKim 24 Apr 2017

The government's backdown on community legal centre funding should be the first step to properly funding the sector, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Attorney-General George Brandis has finally bowed to community pressure and reinstated the funding to CLCs that his government stripped away," Senator McKim said.

"This is a welcome step that will prevent thousands more people in need of legal assistance from being turned away."

"Senator Brandis now needs to invest the $200 million the Productivity Commission says is needed to properly fund legal assistance in Australia."

"The community legal sector does a huge amount of work supporting some of our most vulnerable people and helping the Australian justice system work more efficiently.”

“This is a welcome first step which offers a degree of short term comfort to CLCs, but the government can and must do more to offer long term certainty to the sector.”

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