Coast le­gal ser­vice cut ‘hypocrisy’

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

AT­TOR­NEY-Gen­eral Yvette D’Ath has been ac­cused of shame­ful hypocrisy for strip­ping $240,000 in fund­ing from the Sun­coast Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Fisher, An­drew Wal­lace, has spo­ken out af­ter last week’s an­nounce­ment of cuts rep­re­sent­ing 39% of the ser­vice’s bud­get.

“At­tor­ney-Gen­eral D’Ath was among the loud­est voices call­ing on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate more fund­ing for our Com­mu­nity Le­gal Cen­tres. But now that the Com­mon­wealth has pro­vided an ex­tra $39 mil­lion to sup­port them, she has sold out Sun­shine Coast­ers by deny­ing us our fair share of that fund­ing,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“It is shame­ful hypocrisy. The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment have shown yet again how lit­tle they care about the Sun­shine Coast.

“The Sun­coast Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice ful­fils an es­sen­tial role in pro­vid­ing ac­cess to jus­tice for our most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.”

Mr Wal­lace said the 39% re­duc­tion to Sun­coast fund­ing left it with a $409,000 bud­get which might re­sult in the loss of at least two key le­gal staff.

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