Senate debates

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Motions

Legal Aid

1:13 pm

Photo of Doug CameronDoug Cameron (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Human Services) Share this | Hansard source

Labor notes the letter earlier this month from all state and territory attorneys-general calling on the Abbott government to reconsider its current proposal for a national funding agreement for legal assistance. It is extraordinary that the attorney-generals from across Australia—Liberal and Labor—have united to condemn Senator Brandis's cuts to legal aid, community legal centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services. The Abbott government's cuts to the legal assistance sector are already being felt by the most vulnerable Australians. Cuts to community legal centres mean that the assistance available to families experiencing domestic violence has already been affected. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal centres do invaluable work in Indigenous communities and they also have had their funding cut. (Time expired)

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