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United opposition to unfair and dangerous mandatory sentencing laws

June 21, 2018

United opposition to unfair and dangerous mandatory sentencing laws

Joint Statement - United opposition to unfair and dangerous mandatory sentencing laws

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Women and families at risk under proposed new mandatory sentencing laws

June 21, 2018

Women and families at risk under proposed new mandatory sentencing laws

For immediate release.

The Andrews Government has introduced legislation to expand mandatory sentencing for injury caused to emergency service workers, including ambulance officers, police, protective services officers, and custodial officers.  

The legislation has been introduced in a matter of weeks, with no consultation with the community sector, who work with people in times of crisis and trauma and rely on the support of emergency service workers. 

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Toll road users deserve better rights – legislation to be tabled today needs to be passed now

June 20, 2018

Toll road users deserve better rights – legislation to be tabled today needs to be passed now

Today legislation enters the parliament that will provide better rights for toll users. The Federation of Community Legal Centres calls on all parties to support the Bill. The Bill was originally drafted by the Andrews’ Government as part of the West Gate Tunnel Bill and has now been split from this bill to form its own Toll Fine Enforcement Bill, which is being tabled by the Greens.

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Communities need to be able to rely on emergency services

June 20, 2018

Communities need to be able to rely on emergency services

Communities need to be able to rely on emergency services for support – Community legal submission on the impact mandatory jail sentences on distressed people and their families

“On 22 May 2018 the Andrews’ Government announced it would introduce laws that would mean anyone who injures an emergency service worker or police officer on duty would receive a jail sentence.

Less than a month later he is planning to introduce these laws without consulting the community.

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May 18, 2018

Stand up for LGBTIQ people in prison

Prison is a profoundly isolating experience for most. But for LGBTIQ people, it can be particularly tough.  

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May 02, 2018

Funding for schools, health services welcome: but community lawyers miss out in budget

The Federation of Community Legal Centres – the peak body for community lawyers in Victoria – says community lawyers have missed out in this year’s State Budget.

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A just and fair Victoria: Our submission to the 2018/19 Victorian budget

April 24, 2018

A just and fair Victoria: Our submission to the 2018/19 Victorian budget

A just and fair Victoria: Our submission to the 2018/19 Victorian budget

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March 26, 2018

Open Letter on pen pal communications in Victorian prisons

The Federation of Community Legal Centres calls on Corrections Victoria to reverse its ban on pen pals in Victorian Prisons. 

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March 16, 2018

Crime-drop welcome but Victoria needs smart justice now, lawyers and social workers say

Smart Justice – a coalition of 46 of Victoria’s legal and social service providers, led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres – welcomes today’s announcement by Police Minister Lisa Neville that Victoria has recorded its biggest drop in crime in 10 years.

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Body Worn Cameras: An open letter to Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police

March 13, 2018

Body Worn Cameras: An open letter to Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police

The Federation of Community Legal Centres along with 26 organisations has signed an open letter to the Victoria Police Commissioner regarding the trial of body worn cameras by Victoria Police.

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