Bran­dis’s claim falls over

The Chronicle - - NATION NEWS - — Ky­lar Lous­sikian

LABOR’S bat­tle to ac­cess At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis’s min­is­te­rial di­ary is over, with it show­ing no ev­i­dence Se­na­tor Bran­dis (pic­tured) met with com­mu­nity le­gal cen­tres be­fore sig­nif­i­cant cuts to their fund­ing as he claimed.

Shadow at­tor­ney-gen­eral Mark Drey­fus ap­plied un­der free­dom of in­for­ma­tion laws for ac­cess in 2014. Re­quests are meant to be dealt with in a month, but that can be ex­tended if the in­for­ma­tion is com­plex – this re­quest has taken more than 1000 days.

“This has been a mon­u­men­tal waste of ev­ery­one’s time, and as we ex­pected there is no ev­i­dence that Ge­orge Bran­dis con­sulted any­body be­fore he em­barked on his cuts to Com­mu­nity Le­gal Cen­tres, to Aboriginal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Le­gal Cen­tres, and com­pletely cut­ting the fund­ing to En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fend­ers Of­fice,” Mr Drey­fus said.

PHOTO: MICK TSIKAS/AAP

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