Government backflips on community legal centre cuts
Attorney-General George Brandis has announced a reversal of the federal government’s plan to make funding cuts to community legal services.
The contentious move had sparked the ire of Australia's state and territory attorney-generals, who had each signed a group letter to Brandis suggesting the cuts would be a detriment to community member’s most in need.
A total of $26 million will now be restored to the budget, meaning centre’s in jeopardy of closing their doors will now have a reprieve.
Brandis and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, announced the reinstatement at a press conference last night.
"I'm mindful of the fact that this legal assistance sector is resource constrained and in particular it deals with needy and vulnerable people," Senator Brandis said.
"I have been close to the community legal sector all of my life, many of my friends work in that sector, I needed no explaining how resource constrained that sector is.
"With the passage of time, and a greater appreciation of where the needs lie and where the priorities lie, we're taking what you might call a more nuanced approach."