For many people in our society, community legal centres function as a symbol of access to justice, the rule of law, community development and the defender of individual human rights. But now their role in the community is under threat with proposed $43 million dollar cuts from the Federal Government announced late last year.
That’s stung the national community law sector into response. They launched a National Day of Action for Community Legal Centres in early April this year, promising to uphold their commitment to “unlock the law” for the large numbers of people who cannot afford legal representation, but do not qualify for Legal Aid.
Rachel Worsley reports.
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Note: This is the national version of a story I did for Razors Edge earlier, which focused on Sydney-based CLCs rather than rural or other states.