Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has today announced that a Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $43 million into frontline legal services working to help survivors of family violence.
“I am proud to announce that Labor will increase finding for the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre by $450,000 over the next three years so they can continue looking after the most vulnerable in our community,” said Ms Chesters.
The Liberals have done nothing but attack legal services since the day they came to office. Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis have cut $52 million from Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid Commissions and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services. For Community Legal Centres, this is a 30% funding cut due to take effect on 1 July 2017.
The Loddon Campaspe CLC in Bendigo has been leading the way in response to family violence with research and advocacy programs including the Will Somebody Listen to Me report, which looks at how to address gaps in the justice system for victims of family violence.
“This is an issue that has received a lot of media attention and it should.
“Access to justice in our community is an issue and too many people go without access to the legal services and support they need,” said Ms Chesters.
Labor knows how important Community Legal Centres are to Australians. They help Australians when they are often at their lowest and most desperate – victims of family violence and financial scams are among the most common of their clients.