ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION
MEMBER FOR FRASER
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE
LABOR’S BOOST FOR SHOALCOAST COMMUNITY CENTRE
A Shorten Labor Government will give the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre – the Gilmore electorate’s only Community Legal Centre – the funding it needs to keep its doors open, after three years of devastating cuts by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, and Labor’s candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, today spoke with representatives of the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre which will receive $450,000 over three years under a Shorten Labor Government.
Community Legal Centres help vulnerable people at times of great need when they are unable to pay for legal help themselves.
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.
In total, 160,000 people were turned away from Community Legal Centres last year alone.
These cuts will force the closure of many centres, including the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre.
Under a Shorten Labor Government, frontline legal services will receive around $43 million in funding over three years from 1 July 2017 so they can keep doing their vital work.
A Shorten Labor Government will ensure the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre has the funding it needs to keep its doors open and continue to serve those in the community who rely on its services.
Access to justice is a fundamental right of all Australians. Only a Shorten Labor Government will ensure that right is safeguarded.
FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 2016