Queensland Law Society

QLS demands Fed Govt fund Robina Community Legal Centre

Date 18 Sep 2017
Contact Tony Keim
Phone 07 3842 5835
Mobile 0488 433 884
Email media@qls.com.au

Queensland’s peak solicitor group has demanded the Federal Government find essential funds to ensure the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable people have access to justice.

Society President Christine Smyth on Monday (September 18) said she was disappointed by the Commonwealth government’s failure to allocate funding to the Gritty Strip’s celebrated and award-winning Robina Community Legal Centre. 

Ms Smyth said the Gold Coast was the nation’s fastest growing city, the sixth largest in Australia and only has one government funded community legal centre.

“Cairns – which has a population of more than 160,000 as opposed the Gold Coast’s 575,000 -- has four funded community legal centres,’’ Ms Smyth said. 

“The Gold Coast has a contrast of population in the form of the very rich to the very poor.

“Sadly the Gold Coast’s most needy and vulnerable are denied access to justice and cannot readily obtain free legal advice around areas of employment, tenancy, family law, and minor civil matters. 

“It is not enough for the Federal Attorney-General to claim that he supports this area without putting his money where his mouth is.

“We call upon the Federal Attorney-General George Brandis, not merely to open the political mouth but open the political wallet.’’ 

ENDS

For further information, please contact QLS’s External Affairs Division on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au.