When the Community Legal Centres’ funding is cut by $34 million in July, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people will lose access to justice, independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie said at a press conference today.
“Vulnerable Australians keep getting poorer and poorer, and cutting funding to Community Legal Services is an absolute disgrace by the Government.
“Leave those people that are on welfare alone. Stop sledging them with a hammer. It is enough,” Senator Lambie said.
“Let vulnerable people have access to justice and access to legal representation free of charge so they can sort their business out.
“Furthermore, these cuts are in direct opposition to the Government’s plan to support victims of domestic violence – it doesn’t add up,” Senator Lambie said.
“For the Community Legal Centres, who already have to turn away well over 100,000 people a year due to a lack of resources, $34 million is a 30 per cent cut.
“Today Labor, Greens, Derryn Hinch, and I put a motion to the Senate which called on the Government to reverse this cut, and if the Liberal Government would like to discuss alternative revenue-raising policies, my door is open,” Senator Lambie said.