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August 24, 2015

Community legal centres gather for national conference as new figures reveal severe impact of Federal Government cuts in Victoria

As community legal centres from around Australia converge on Melbourne for their national conference this week, the full impact of Federal Government cuts has been revealed by new figures showing the projected funding for Victorian centres through to 2019–20.

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August 05, 2015

Shine a light on ‘patchwork’ family violence legal system, community legal peak tells royal commission

Victoria’s family violence legal system offers a ‘patchwork response’ that is sometimes dangerously threadbare through poorly funded legal help, inconsistent specialisation and insufficient risk management, the Royal Commission into Family Violence will hear this Wednesday (5 August) in evidence to be presented by the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

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July 06, 2015

Legal services agreement signed amid serious ongoing concerns for community legal clients

A new National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services between state, territory and federal governments has been signed amid serious ongoing concerns over a failure to fully fund the justice gap, the impact of a significant national funding cut in 2017–18, and restrictions on advocacy campaigns by community legal centres on policy and law reform issues.

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June 25, 2015

Royal commission vital to family violence response, community lawyers say

A submission released today by the State peak for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres has made more than 60 recommendations to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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June 05, 2015

Vulnerability set to rise as Federal Government redefines legal need

AR_Pic_Liana_Buchanan_OpinionThe media spotlight on the 2015 Federal Budget may have dimmed, but its full impacts on the vulnerable are still very much on the line for those seeking free legal help.

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