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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

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."

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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

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."

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Community legal funding backdown a welcome first step

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."

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18C retention a great win for multicultural Australia

The Australian Greens congratulate multicultural Australia for uniting and standing strong to defend 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
 
"It was so inspiring to see people from right across multicultural Australia come together and fight to protect their communities from racism," Australian Greens spokesperson for Justice Senator Nick McKim said.
 
"It is thanks to these strong communities that the Senate was able to stand against the governments divisive legislation."
 

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Media Release: Multicultural Australia says leave 18C alone

The Greens have hosted a roundtable with representatives of a number of multicultural communities who are concerned about the Government watering down protections against racist hate speech.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens Justice Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim listened to concerns about the rise of racism across Australia.

"Representatives from across multicultural Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were very clear - we must not make it easier to be racist," Senator McKim said.

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Funding cuts to Community Legal Centres must be reversed

The federal government must act immediately to restore funding it has stripped from community legal centres to ensure tens of thousands of people don't lose access to justice.

Greens' justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said the cuts, which are due to take effect from July 1, would deny tens of  thousands of Australians legal advice.

"These cuts will mean more than $840,000 is ripped out of Tasmanian community legal centres in the next three years," Senator McKim said.

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Brandis to face Senate inquiry over WA deal

The Senate has voted to establish an inquiry that will investigate the deal between the Western Australian government and the Commonwealth regarding the Bell Act, and the involvement of Attorney-General George Brandis and former Treasurer Joe Hockey.

"This motion passed today compels Senator Brandis and Senator Mathias Cormann to appear before the inquiry to answer questions about their involvement in this deal," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"The Greens believe that former Treasurer Joe Hockey should also be called to give evidence."

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George Brandis fails to address allegations against him

Attorney-General George Brandis has repeatedly failed to answer the central allegation against him in the Bell Act affair, and should resign or at least stand down until the matter is examined at a Senate inquiry.

"By failing to tell the Parliament whether he instructed the former Solicitor-General to not run a particular argument, Senator Brandis has effectively confessed his guilt," Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

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Greens to push for Senate inquiry into Brandis' deal

The Greens will tomorrow move to refer matters associated with the Bell Group Companies Act (WA) to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

"The allegation that Senator Brandis instructed the Solicitor General to effectively run dead in the High Court are the most serious he has faced in a career that is strewn with misconduct," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"We need to get Senator Brandis out of witness protection and into an inquiry where he can be questioned about these extraordinary allegations."

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