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Federal Budget draws criticism as community legal centres face cuts

Last week's Federal Budget has drawn strong criticism, including from the community legal sector, which received a further $6 million cut. This was in addition to the $43.1 million cut to legal assistance services announced last December ($19.6 million from CLCs).

The cuts will directly impact the frontline services of around 60 community legal centres nationally, including those supporting women facing family violence. In addition, a planned amendment to service agreements will seek to preclude the use of Commonwealth funding for law reform and policy advocacy work by community legal centres.

Media responses issued by Community Law Australia, chaired by Federation Executive Officer Liana Buchanan, and by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, resulted in several radio interviews and a Canberra Times report that was widely syndicated by Fairfax Media.

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