Legal cuts come during ‘crisis’ for indigenous
THE nation's top legal and indigenous groups have urged the Abbott government to rectify legal aid funding across the nation.
Among them, Amnesty International, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Reconciliation Australia and the Law Council signed a letter to the Attorney-General yesterday.
The $6million cut to community legal centres would come into effect in July, but Attorney-General George Brandis's office has not responded to previous questions about the cuts.
Under the program, community legal centres help those without the money to pay personal lawyers for legal advice for domestic violence, family cases and employment disputes.
The co-authors wrote that the cuts came at a time of crisis in Aboriginal impris- onment rates, high numbers of indigenous children in state protection and rising family violence.