Community Legal Centres Queensland
Quarterly Newsletter | March 2017
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<<First Name>>, most of our efforts over the past few months have been directed at informing the community about the funding cliff facing community legal centres. Later this month, we'll find out which services will be affected, and which communities will have less access to legal help.

As you'll see from this newsletter, we've been speaking to members of parliament, working with friends and partners across the community sector, speaking out in the media and talking directly to decision-makers about the impact of this funding cut.

Please support our efforts by:
  • Signing the petition asking PM Turnbull to reverse 30% funding cuts to community legal centres;
  • Calling or emailing your local MP;
  • Looking for people who have accessed our free legal services who can speak out about this issue;
  • Using social media to talk about #fundequaljustice.
In other news, we welcomed important law reforms to support vulnerable people with debts to government, we're preparing for our state conference in May on the Gold Coast, more centres are being re-certified under our national accreditation scheme, we're supporting the development of a new work plan for the Queensland Legal Assistance Forum and we're delivering more webinars to support our workers and volunteers.

All of this work supports the vital services offered by Queensland's community legal centres, and the everyday Queenslanders that rely on their help.
Thanks for your continuing support,
James, Rosslyn, Cathy, Cristy, Monica, Hannah and Penny

Junkuri Laka Community Legal Centre assists Indigenous workers to get Blue Cards.

Caxton Legal Centre inducts forty new law students.

Win for transparency: environmental authorities will be published online by the Queensland Government, but more must be done, says Environmental Defenders Office Queensland.

New solicitor Georgia May commences at at Caxton Legal Centre.

Swim for the Reef raises $70,000 for Environmental Defenders Office Queensland

Queensland Law Society presented Community Legal Centre Member of the Year to Ross Lee of the Robina Community Legal Centre. Congratulations to Ross and other finalists Bill Mitchell, Victoria Shiel, Glenda Vuillermin, Angela Lynch and Ray Barber.

QPILCH has launched a new name: LawRight.

Prisoners Legal Service welcomed the Queensland Government's immediate response to the review of Queensland's parole system undertaken by Walter Sofronoff QC.

Sucess Stories
Lizzie and the children get to go home 

Lizzie* had 3 children, including a severely disabled 18 month old.  She fled the family home with her children due to domestic violence.
Religious freedom for South West Brisbane CLC client 

South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre's Outreach Solicitor assisted a woman who had experienced significant domestic violence.
Sucess Stories

Queensland Advocacy Inc. produced the booklet, ‘About the Police, Courts and Lawyers – What to do and what not to do.'

Suncoast Community Legal Serivce produced a video that explores wills, enduring powers of attorney and the subtleties of elder abuse. 


Women's Legal Service Speaking on law reform and other issues affecting women

$2m cuts endanger community legal aid

Elder Abuse reports on the rise in Queensland

Gay panic law reform bill should be passed, committee recommends

Domestic violence case load leaves community legal centres 'struggling', other clients turned away

The new Online Compliance System of Centrelink is creating confusion that legal centres can not assist with calls


RAILS assists with refugee family reunion

RAILS had a positive outcome for an Afghan Hazaral client with a long-running Refugee Family Reunion matter. 
Mary and her grandchildren go home

Mary was living in the Women’s Shelter, and received help from ATSIWLSNQ to apply for a Protection Order and the court granted a Temporary DVO.

Webinar Lessons from the 2016 legal discipline cases - 23/03/17

Webinar - Debt vultures - 30/03/17

Conference: Community Legal Centres Queensland Conference 2017 - 7-8/05/17


Changes to bail laws for perpetrators of domestic violence:

Changing the Criminal Code to remove the entrenched discrimination of the 'gay panic' factor of the defence of provocation:

Protecting victims of sexual violence by preventing private counselling notes being used in court:

Community Legal Centres Queensland
PO Box 12102
George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4003

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