March 08, 2015

Strategic Litigation

Environmental Justice Australia are fighting a landmark case to test the legality of the native forest logging exemption from federal environment laws. Learn more.


March 04, 2015

Federal Opposition commitment on family violence welcome

The Federation of Community Legal Centres has welcomed the announcement today of a $70m Federal Opposition initial investment to tackle family violence, including funding for legal services of $47.4m. Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also committed to a national crisis summit, which has also been welcomed as a vital opportunity for coordinated national action on family violence.


February 17, 2015

Community legal peak supports law reform and advocacy with new guide

The peak for Victoria’s 49 community legal centres has launched a guide supporting community legal centres’ law reform and policy work, showing centres how they can advocate effectively to change unfair laws, policies and practices.


February 02, 2015

Policy shift, not better communication, needed to reverse family violence cuts and risk to women

Deep Federal cuts to community legal centres and advocacy restrictions will affect women and children at risk of family violence, and contradict the prime minister’s claimed commitment to ending family violence in his announcement of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year .


January 30, 2015

To fix Victoria’s broken prison system, heed the evidence

Findings presented in a Report on Government Services (ROGS) released by the Productivity Commission today support calls for an evidence-based approach to justice policy in Victoria rather than a continuation of failed tough-on-crime policies implemented by the former Napthine Government, says Smart Justice, a coalition of 31 organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


November 24, 2014

Reoffending on the rise, as Victoria lags on diversion

Reoffending is climbing in Victoria, despite the steep increase in imprisonment and the record expansion of Victoria’s prisons. Almost 40 per cent of Victorian prisoners reoffend within two years, and that figure is rising, despite a steady decline from 2003–04 to 2009–10.


November 18, 2014

Massive growth in prison spending shows Victorian Government values a flawed solution to crime over vital community services

Figures reported in The Age today show that prison spending has recorded the third highest level of growth of all spending under the Victorian Government over the last three years. Prisons spending has grown by nearly $200 million (32 per cent), compared to growth in secondary school spending (2 per cent), TAFE (2 per cent), hospital outpatients (1 per cent), and a massive decline in spending on public housing (49 per cent).


November 01, 2014

Smart Justice challenges Govt justice policies on evidence and cost

The Victorian Government’s law and order measures have today been challenged on cost and the lack of evidence supporting their effectiveness by Smart Justice, a coalition of 31 organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


September 01, 2014

Final abolition of suspended sentences in Victoria the wrong path to community safety, says Smart Justice

The abolition of suspended sentences in the Magistrates’ Court from today will likely see an increase in fines and imprisonment for lower-level offending, worsening prison overcrowding and wasteful prison spending, and undermining community safety, according to the Smart Justice project.


May 06, 2014

State Government persists with damaging and wasteful non-solution as $450m+ goes on prisons in Vic State Budget

The Victorian Government’s State Budget announcement of more than $450m ($454.3m) for nearly 900 new prison beds (871) and work towards a further 300 beds adds to previous record prison spending and is a damaging and wasteful non-solution that will not reduce crime or make the community safer, according to Smart Justice, a coalition of 29 organisations led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


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