Media Alert: Community law spokesperson available for comment ahead of tonight’s regional leaders’ debate

Community Law Australia Spokesperson Dan Stubbs is available for comment today to discuss concerns around access to justice in regional and remote areas ahead of tonight’s Regional Leaders’ Debate in Goulburn.

Key points:

  • Dan Stubbs available for comment on 0437 253 543
  • Mr Stubbs can provide commentary on the overall funding cuts to community legal centres, the impact of cuts on regional and rural communities, role of legal assistance for these areas and other related issues
  • People living in regional areas have higher odds of experiencing multiple legal problems when they experience a legal problem when compared to people living in major cities, which means access to legal help is vital
  • Community legal centres (CLCs) are a central part of regional and remote communities as they are often the only point of call for legal assistance in these areas
  • CLCs are particularly important as people in these areas already experience difficulty accessing vital services
  • CLCs assist people in regional and remote areas with a range of issues, including credit and debt, housing, employment, family violence and family law and social security issues. They also help farmers in particular in dealing with banks and consumer issues, planning law and environmental issues
  • CLCs use a variety of methods to help clients, including outreach across Australia and technology such as Skype which means clients can still get help when they need it, even if they are unable to travel to a CLC office
  • CLCs are facing significant funding cuts and the impact of these cuts will mean fewer people in regional areas will be able to access the vital legal help they

For further information or to arrange an interview contact:
Dan Stubbs, Spokesperson, 0437 253 543
Amanda Alford, Director Policy and Advocacy, 0421 028 645
Jackie Hanafie, Media Adviser, 0412 652 439