- Broad cuts to legal assistance services will fuel access to justice crisis
- Defunding of Aboriginal legal services peak a dangerous “economy”
- Innovative community legal service in women’s hospital helps to stop family violence
- A range of models work best for provision of legal help – guest blog post
- Free advice and legal help available for bushfire affected
Community Law Australia national spokesperson, Carolyn Bond AO, has written a great piece on the contribution of community legal centres and the challenges they face in the new issue of The Brief, published by the Macquarie University Law Society (thanks!). See p13:
The Brief Edition 1 2014
This is the first edition of Macquarie University Law Society's The Brief in 2014. It features articles from student and professionals alike on a wide range of topics such as the king hit law reformation and the continuing need for community legal centres.
Interesting article in the Guardian last week about Tony Abbott's cuts to Aboriginal services:
Here's what we said at the time cuts to Aboriginal legal assistance services were announced late last year:
Tony Abbott’s cuts directly hurt Aboriginal children | Padraic Gibson
Padraic Gibson: Indigenous specialist services have been slashed by a tidal wave of cuts. This has a direct impact on the health and safety of thousands of Aboriginal children
CLCs often work with other providers to help solve connected legal, social, health and financial problems. Read about the preventative work being done at The Royal Women's Hospital with North Melbourne Legal Service http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/innovative-community-legal-service-in-womens-hospital-helps-to-stop-family-violence/
Innovative community legal service in women’s hospital helps to stop family violence | Community...
Innovative community legal service in women’s hospital helps to stop family violencePosted on November 26, 2013 by CLA1Community Law Australia today commended the work being done to address family violence by North Melbourne Legal Service and the Royal Women’s Hospital (the Women’s) through their in...
The Federation of Community Legal Centres is featured in a story on The Guardian Australia today. Read the story and watch the video here:
Victorian prison overcrowding at crisis point, legal groups warn
Jails filling up with non-violent inmates who are denied a chance of rehabilitation and are more likely to reoffend, report says
Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre have released a report into family violence in the region. Yet another example of good CLC work on important issues:
Need to be safe
New report finds women want concerns for safety to be heard and respected.
Read the latest post from our guest blogger, Denis Nelthorpe: http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/a-range-of-models-work-best-for-provision-of-legal-help-guest-blog-post/
Pilbara Community Legal Service respond to high demand for legal help and financial assistance in Australia’s ‘richest’ regional town: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-05/low-income-earners-struggle-in-karratha/5070898
Low income earners struggle in high priced Karratha
Living in the richest regional town in Australia is not easy if you have to make do on a low income.
Think accessing legal help would be easier with a voucher system? Not so fast says QAILS James Farrell...
‘Coupon justice’ won’t address legal aid crisis
Most Australians with legal problems are unlikely to be able to access the help they need. Unless you’re wealthy and can pay for a private lawyer, or extremely poor and disadvantaged and able to access…
Tassie is in need of more community lawyer support at courts for women experiencing family violence - see our story in The Examiner featuring Women's Legal Service Tasmania:
Domestic violence legal help concerns
BATTERED women in Tasmania are missing out on legal help when it comes to domestic violence matters, Community Law Australia has said.
Just a reminder, if you work in the community legal sector and have positive stories about CLCs helping people, please get in touch via the contact form, here:
About Us | Community Law Australia
About UsRead more about our campaign here. From this page, you can also send a general inquiry, or make a media inquiry.Community Law Australia is a campaign by a coalition of community legal centre bodies led by the National Association of Community Legal Centres. There are around 200 community leg...
Did you know the Federal Court ruled that breaching a 'Do not Knock' sticker is an offence and incurs a hefty fine? Read Carolyn's blog and a summary of the recent news coverage.
Do not knock – a CLC win | Community Law Australia
Do not knock – a CLC winPosted on October 16, 2013 by CLA1All Australians can now choose who knocks on their door – thanks to the work of a CLC.Sick of door knocking sales people? The answer now is simple. You can put a “do not knock” sticker on your door, and a salesperson who ignores it could be f...
Cutting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal services risks entrenching disadvantage for a group with high legal need, read our media release here: http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/cutting-aboriginal-legal-services-risks-entrenching-disadvantage/
Cutting Aboriginal Legal Services risks entrenching disadvantage | Community Law Australia
Cutting Aboriginal Legal Services risks entrenching disadvantagePosted on September 6, 2013 by Community Law AustraliaCommunity Law Australia today urged the Coalition to reconsider proposed cuts of $42 million to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS) as a major blow to a...
CLCs often intervene before crisis point. Read about Tohoa, a woman who risked losing her house before Consumer Action Law Centre helped her: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/greens-to-demand-842m-boost-for-legal-aid-services-20130815-2rzn8.html
Greens to demand $842m boost for legal aid services
The Greens will push next federal government to double funding for community legal centres.
The Greens have announced their plan to improve access to justice - but where do the other parties sit?http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/greens-pledge-842-million-in-aid/story-e6frg97x-1226698062826
Greens pledge $842 million in aid
THE Greens will today unveil $842.6 million in new spending proposals for legal assistance services that will form one of the party's main bargaining chips after the federal election.
Read Carolyn Bond's blog post on the crafty techniques of door to door and in-home salespeople. It's no wonder some people find themselves needing a CLC's help to get out of complex and confusing contracts! http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/door-to-door-and-in-home-sales-techniques-exposed/
Look at today's question in the Cairns Post, bit of a coincidence given around 400 community lawyers are currently in Cairns for the conference! We pointed the questioner to their local centre, but we wonder how many other people don't know about their local CLC...
Great news! Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus just announced $33 million in funding over 4 years for CLCs nationally - a 25% increase in federal funding to CLCs. http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/access-to-justice-brought-closer-with-33-million-funding-boost/
Access to justice brought closer with $33 million funding boost | Community Law Australia
Access to justice brought closer with $33 million funding boostPosted on July 24, 2013 by Community Law AustraliaCommunity Law Australia today welcomed increased funding to ensure that community legal centres across the country can service more people in need of legal help.New funding announced by t...
A new inquiry into Legal Barriers for people with a disability has been announced, with Graeme Innes as Commissioner. CLA welcomes this significant opportunity: http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/inquiry-into-legal-barriers-for-people-with-disabilities-a-significant-opportunity/
In case you missed it, our spokesperson Carolyn Bond was on The World Today yesterday to discuss The ACOSS Community Sector Survey which shows CLCs and other services are under pressure to see more people than resources allow. Have a listen and let us know what you think: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-01/welfare-providers-unable-to-meet-growing-demand/4791734?section=business
Welfare providers unable to meet growing demand for services
Frontline agencies are under increasing pressure with many being forced to turn people away. The annual review by the Australian Council of Social Services found homeless, mental health and legal service providers cannot keep up with the demand for their services and increasingly, those missing out…
Last week's Day in the Life of a Community Legal Centre was a big success, but you can still comment here, or tweet your CLC stories using #unlockthelaw
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Did you know the Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into access to justice? This is a great opportunity to #unlockthelaw and better understand how to meet rising demand for affordable legal help. Read more here: http://www.communitylawaustralia.org.au/productivity-commission-inquiry-a-welcome-and-timely-response-to-the-access-to-justice-crisis/
Northern Rivers CLC covers 20,000 sq km in Far Nth Coast NSW. Many of their clients must travel to access their Thursday night legal advice service, including the volunteer solicitor who lives 50 kms away. Volunteers are vital - 95 per cent of CLCs use them to meet client demand #unlockthelaw
One of the main issues that our WA-based CLCs help with is affordable housing and legal problems that arise from the lack of it. Delegates from this week's Tenancy Conference in WA met to discuss new ideas and responses with other services in the community #unlockthelaw #housingstressed
Great example of CLCs doing innovative work Womens Legal Service Tasmania has developed an app - legal info for young women #unlockthelaw