Today saw the launch of the national Legal Aid Matters campaign.
Australian Governments must:
- Increase the Commonwealth’s share of legal aid commission funding to 50 per cent with the States and Territories. This would amount to an additional $126 million in the 2016 Commonwealth Budget.
- Immediately provide a further $120 million to cover civil legal assistance, with the States and Territories contributing $80 million, comprising a total of $200 million, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.
- Immediately reverse further Commonwealth funding cuts to legal assistance services announced in 2014, due to take effect from July 2017. These include:
- $12.1 million in cuts to community legal centres;
- $4 million in cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services; and
- all cuts directed at policy and advocacy work conducted by legal assistance bodies, as recommended by the Productivity Commission.
For more information please visit: http://legalaidmatters.org.au/.