AN extra $400,000 of federal funding will help give the South West Sydney Legal Centre a fair go.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, Labor candidate for Hughes, Alison Megarrity, and Member for Fowler Chris Hayes visited the centre to be a part of the announcement recently.
It proposed that the Rudd Labor Government will provide an extra $400,000 to the South West Sydney Legal Centre for the next four years.
Mr Dreyfus said the funding would make a real difference to those wanting to accessing legal services.
“Access to legal advice and support is essential to strengthening our local communities and our democracy,” he said .
Mr Hayes said the additional funding would help meet the demand for free legal advice within South Western Sydney.
“Since it was established in 1986, the centre has grown to deliver a wide range of legal, quasi-legal and welfare services for people living or working in Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown,” he said.
“I commend the staff at the centre, who come from diverse backgrounds and provide services in a number of languages, for the invaluable assistance they provide to the community.
“It [funding] will help meet the demand for free legal advice in most areas of law, including family law, domestic violence and AVOs, child support, consumer claims, discrimination, driving offences and motor vehicle damage claims.”
The new funding for community legal centres is in addition to the $32 million already provided annually under the Australian Government’s Community Legal Services Program.