Le­gal fund­ing cuts

The Western Star - - NEWS OPINION -

VUL­NER­A­BLE young Queens­lan­ders tran­si­tion­ing from state care are among 350 Queens­lan­ders set to be harmed by An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s cruel fund­ing cuts to a vi­tal le­gal ser­vice.

La­bor has cut the vi­tal Le­galPod ser­vice and sev­eral other key ser­vices de­liv­ered by LawRight, leav­ing hun­dreds with no le­gal sup­port.

This is a kick in the guts to some of our state’s most needy Queens­lan­ders, in­clud­ing chil­dren.

We know for a fact that hun­dreds of kids in child safety care are pushed out of the sys­tem with no tran­si­tion plan.

This cruel blow by a heart­less An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and her At­tor­ney-Gen­eral is the lat­est in a long list of vi­tal le­gal ser­vices to miss out.

The Le­galPod was an in­de­pen­dent, free le­gal ser­vice for young peo­ple try­ing to make the chal­leng­ing leap from state care to an in­de­pen­dent life.

Sadly, LawRight will no longer be able to run this free ser­vice and the con­se­quences of a young per­son fall­ing through the cracks will fall squarely at the feet of the Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

We know young peo­ple tran­si­tion­ing from care are at risk of home­less­ness, poverty and men­tal health is­sues if they don’t re­ceive proper sup­port.

La­bor should hang its head in shame at the cuts to this front­line ser­vice help­ing some of our most vul­ner­a­ble Queens­lan­ders. — Ros Bates, LNP Shadow Min­is­ter for Child Safety

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