Law Society supports action of the State Attorney General to address legal assistance funding to community legal centres

Law Society of Western Australia Media Statement

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General, John Quigley to provide community legal centres with almost $1.2 million to compensate for the loss of funding from the Legal Contribution Trust.

Today’s announcement followed an announcement earlier this week by the Federal Attorney General that the Federal Government would not proceed with previously proposed cuts to the legal assistance sector.

“The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General too, and will continue its work with the Law Council of Australia and other law societies across the country in campaigning for a longer term, sustainable funding model to overcome the escalating crisis in the legal assistance sector” Law Society President Alain Musikanth said.

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For comment please contact:
Andrew MacNiven
Media and Communications Officer
(08) 9324 8634
amacniven@lawsocietywa.asn.au

About us: The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 3800 members. The Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.

Law Society supports action of the State Attorney General to address legal assistance funding to community legal centres

The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General, John Quigley to provide community legal centres with almost $1.2 million to compensate for the loss of funding from the Legal Contribution Trust.

Today’s announcement followed an announcement earlier this week by the Federal Attorney General that the Federal Government would not proceed with previously proposed cuts to the legal assistance sector.

“The Law Society of Western Australia welcomes today’s announcement by the State Attorney General too, and will continue its work with the Law Council of Australia and other law societies across the country in campaigning for a longer term, sustainable funding model to overcome the escalating crisis in the legal assistance sector” Law Society President Alain Musikanth said.

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For comment please contact:
Andrew MacNiven
Media and Communications Officer
(08) 9324 8634
amacniven@lawsocietywa.asn.au

About us: The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in the State. The Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its more than 3800 members. The Society enhances the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law. The Society is widely acknowledged by the legal profession, government and the community as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.