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November 25, 2015

Federal Government’s family violence commitment ‘in the balance’, community lawyers say

The Federal Government’s commitment to stopping family violence is in the balance, with doubts remaining over funding for free legal help for women through December’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), says the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic).

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November 23, 2015

Federation welcomes new chair for 2015-16

Belinda Lo has been elected as the new chair of the Federation’s committee of management for 2015–16.

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November 15, 2015

Family violence features in our latest wrap of the Federation in the media

Welcome to our occasional wrap of the Federation in the media. This issue features family violence, together with a range of other legal assistance issues on which the Federation also actively engages the media. As well as our own work with the media, the Federation offers media support to our member community legal centres and also works with partner organisations on related issues. Earlier coverage is available via our In the Media category.

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November 12, 2015

Advocate for LGBTI people takes out 2015 Tim McCoy Award

Anna Brown has won the 2015 Tim McCoy Award for outstanding work to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Victoria, Australia and worldwide.

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October 30, 2015

State Coroner heeds community legal centre recommendations in Sargun Ragi inquest findings

State Coroner Ian Gray has today heeded key recommendations from a joint community legal centre submission in his findings in the inquest of Sargun Ragi, which were handed down this morning.

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October 29, 2015

Annual report shows community legal centres achieving change together

The annual report for the Federation of Community Legal Centres shows 2014–15 was a year that saw the Federation and our member centres achieving change together.

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October 29, 2015

Eminent panel considers continuing Federal Government challenges to ‘last resort’ legal help

An eminent panel including Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, Federal Labor MP Tim Watts, Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough and leading community lawyers will today (1.30pm) consider the value of ‘last resort’ free legal help by community legal centres, and key challenges that Victorian centres continue to face as they work daily to deliver justice for disadvantaged Victorians.

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October 23, 2015

Victoria set for access to justice review

Following an election commitment, the Victorian Government yesterday announced an access to justice review spanning legal assistance services including legal aid, pro bono legal help and community legal centres.

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October 09, 2015

State Government funding grants a welcome boost for community legal centres

The Victorian State Government has announced recipients of $3.2 million in grants to community legal centres through the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund at an event held at West Justice Community Legal Centre this morning.

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September 24, 2015

First decision of Cabinet on family violence a positive step but falls short for women seeking legal help to stay safe

This morning’s announcement of a package of initiatives to tackle family violence, reflecting the first Cabinet decision of the Turnbull Government, is a positive indication of a greater focus on family violence but will still leave thousands of women without family violence legal help, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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