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May 03, 2016

Community lawyers urge caution over claims of new legal assistance funding not detailed in Budget

Community lawyers have urged caution and called for full funding of all family violence services following claims by Senator Michaelia Cash on ABC radio (from 6.44) that community legal centres can expect a share of broader family violence funding* from the Federal Budget that was not allocated to legal assistance services.

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May 02, 2016

Federal Government flags Budget failure on vital funding boost needed for free legal help

The Federal Government has flagged its failure on community legal centre funding in tomorrow’s Federal Budget by ignoring a central recommendation of the Productivity Commission for an urgent annual boost to national funding for combined free legal assistance services of $200 million a year.

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April 27, 2016

Vic Govt boosts free legal help, but should do more

Today’s State Budget has included a modest one-year boost of $2.5 million to help community legal centres tackling family violence, and one-year $400,000 funding for specialist community legal centre JobWatch, but more sustained investment is needed, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the peak body for 50 community legal centres in Victoria.

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April 14, 2016

More needed for family violence legal help, as State boost threatened by Federal cuts

While welcoming $2.5 million for community legal centres under yesterday’s family violence funding announcement by the Victorian Government, at least an additional $4 million per year is needed to tackle family violence related legal problems, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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April 11, 2016

Community lawyers challenge Federal Government’s commitment to ending family violence as Budget fears mount

Community lawyers are challenging the Federal Government’s commitment to ending family violence as fears mount that the 2016 Budget will fail to reverse cuts to community legal centres that form the backbone of its proposed national intervention order scheme.

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March 30, 2016

Royal Commission says Vic Govt should advocate at COAG on funding for family violence legal help

Today’s report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence has sent a strong signal in advance of Friday’s COAG meeting that the State Government should advocate strongly for increased Federal funding to family violence legal help. The Federal Government is set to slash funding to community legal centres by 30 per cent nationally in July 2017.

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March 29, 2016

Federal cuts threaten response to family violence following royal commission, community lawyers warn

The potential for progress on tackling family violence following tomorrow’s report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence will be threatened by Federal Government cuts to services critical to the family violence response, community lawyers have warned today.

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March 15, 2016

Community lawyers head to Canberra seeking urgent action on legal assistance crisis

The Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres is joining other community legal peaks today (Tuesday 15/3) to brief Federal MPs and call on the Federal Government to take urgent action in the Budget to reverse deep cuts and boost funding for free legal help.

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February 23, 2016

Community legal peak body congratulates executive officer on appointment as Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Posted on February 23, 2016

The Federation of Community Legal Centres congratulates our executive officer, Liana Buchanan, on her appointment today as Victoria’s new Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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December 15, 2015

MYEFO fails women who need free legal help with family violence

The Federal Government’s failure to restore cut funding to the free legal help women desperately need to secure intervention orders through the courts and to face the complex legal issues that flow from violence against women will put them at greater risk, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria.

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