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Media Releases

The Association and our members contribute to challenging systemic issues by not only assisting individuals but working at a broad level to achieve our purpose.  Seeking to raise these issues through the media is one way we do this.

Community Legal Centres Association (WA) supports the calls from the Law Society of WA and the Law Council of Australia to urgently repeal WA laws that allow the jailing of individuals unable to pay their fines. 

CLCA (WA) welcomes the Attorney-General’s announcement to appoint Mr Peter Quinlan SC as Western Australia’s 14th Chief Justice.

Today is an important day for survivors of child sexual abuse in Western Australia as they can officially access the National Redress Scheme. 
 

The Association's reply to the Attorney General's media release of 12 April 2018.

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) across WA are celebrating the Attorney General’s commitment to secure and sustainable CLC funding into the future. 

State Government to meet community legal centres funding shortfall

The McGowan Labor Government will provide about $1.2 million to the community legal sector to ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable Western Australians have access to free legal help.  Click here to read this media statement published on Wednesday, 26 April 2017.

The Community Legal Centres Association is a member of the WA Peaks Forum and as part of the focus this week on justice issues has quantified the recommendation from the Productivity Commission that an additional $200 million per annum should be allocated to legal assistance services as needing a contribution of $1.2 million from the WA Government for community legal centres in this state. Download the media release here.

2016-17 GOVERNMENT MID-YEAR FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS STATEMENT

The Mid-year Financial Projections Statement (or Mid-year Review) announced on 22 December 2016 represents a missed opportunity by the WA Government to guarantee access to vital legal help for vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the state says the Community Legal Centres Association. Read more here

INVALUABLE WORK OF VOLUNTEERS PROVIDING ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACROSS WA

Volunteers across WA are contributing almost 80,000 unpaid hours to Community Legal Centres.  Click here to read more.

ROYAL COMMISSION COMPROMISED FROM THE START

See attached media release from the NT Aboriginal Peak Organisation in relation to the Royal Commission announcements last week. 

Click here to read this media release published on 1 August by Youth Legal Service

WA BUDGET 2016-17

Community legal centres (CLCs) across WA were hoping that cuts to services from last year’s budget would be reversed in today’s WA budget, but are disappointed that no additional funding has been provided. Click here to read full media release.

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN MUST BE A TOP PRIORITY!

In the lead up to the next State election, a coalition of organisations is calling on the next Western Australian Government to commit to improving the systems that are meant to keep victims of family and domestic violence safe.


Members from the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA), the Community Legal Centres Association, the Women’s Community Health Network, the Domestic Violence Legal Workers Network and Unions WA are calling on a bi-partisan agreement to provide strong leadership to ensure the prevention of violence against women and their children is at the top of the government’s agenda. Click to download full media release.

CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT (PREVENTION OF LAWFUL ACTIVITY) BILL 2015

Concerns continue to be raised regarding the constitutional validity, if enacted, of the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015.

 

Due to be debated in the Legislative Council of the West Australian Parliament today, the bill has faced strong opposition from the legal community. Click to download full media release.

One Year On: Community Lawyers across Australia Call for Funding of Productivity Commission Recommendations

On the one-year anniversary of the Productivity Commission’s Access to Justice Arrangements Report, and in the face of significant funding cuts, Community Legal Centre (CLC) representatives from across Australia have called on all levels of government to take action.


On 3 December 2014 the Productivity Commission released their Report, which found that people across the country were missing out on legal assistance. The Commission recommended that Australian governments provide an immediate injection of $200 million per year to legal assistance services, with the Federal Government contributing
approximately 60% of the funding, and State/Territory Governments contributing 40%.


“It is extremely disappointing that the Federal Government has not formally responded to the Productivity Commission’s Report. Click to download full media release.

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