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Supporting legal advocacy

Penny Wright 15 May 2014

I move that the Senate

1.       notes it is Law Week, which runs from 12 to 18 May 2014 to promote community awareness about the legal system and access to justice;

2.       notes that the Productivity Commission's draft report into Access to Justice states advocacy should be a core activity of the legal assistance sector;

3.       recognises that legal aid commissions and community legal centres are uniquely placed to advocate for law reform, and that to do so is an efficient use of their resources; and

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Indigenous legal aid cuts must not go ahead

Prime Minister Tony Abbott must urgently clarify if he intends to reverse his party's election promise to make multi-million dollar cuts to indigenous legal aid, say the Australian Greens.

The Attorney General's Department last night confirmed frontline services could not be isolated from the $42 million cut to indigenous legal aid funding under questioning from Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator Penny Wright.

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