Kuzma

Queensland's community legal centres in funding crisis

FUNDING for the state's community legal centres has reached crisis levels, with representatives from the sector meeting with state and federal MPs in an attempt to find solutions.

The emergency bipartisan meeting on Tuesday will attempt to address funding issues that see almost half of all people who approach legal aid centres turned away.

Anticipating further cuts, community lawyers will plead their case at Parliament with federal and state representatives in an attempt to discuss the impact the unmet need is already having.

"While community legal centres helped almost 50,000 people last financial year, more than 80,000 couldn't get the services they need," Director of Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services James Farrell said.

"That means that three in every five people trying to get legal help are turned away."

More on Brisbane Times



ARMED SIEGE: Man arrested after tense standoff

premium_icon ARMED SIEGE: Man arrested after tense standoff

May St at Granville was in lock-down by police

'Population at risk from no fluoridation': Coast doctor

premium_icon 'Population at risk from no fluoridation': Coast doctor

It comes after leading medical bodies slammed the council

GALLERY: Action from Tour de Bay

premium_icon GALLERY: Action from Tour de Bay

Were you snapped at Hervey Bay's Tour de Bay?

Local Partners