Saffin promises $300,000 for NR legal centre

Janelle Saffin

Janelle Saffin. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Labor’s Page candidate Janelle Saffin has promised $300,000 over three years for the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

Mr Saffin said it was important to ensure that the centre had the necessary funds to continue helping people in the region.

‘The Federal Budget confirmed that the Liberal-National Government would cut funding for Community Legal Centres by 30 per cent, however Labor will inject a total of $43 million into the sector over three years from 1 July 2017,’ he said.

She said Labor understood how important the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre was to people in the seat of Page.

‘Access to legal assistance when you need help is as important as access to Medicare when you’re sick.  That’s why Community Legal Centres are such an important local service,’ she said.

‘The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre helps local people deal with a wide range of legal issues – from tenants’ rights, to domestic violence and family law disputes.

‘Labor will ensure that CLCs can continue their vital work helping people to navigate there way through our complex legal system.”

Ms Saffin said the Liberal-Nationals attack on Community Legal Centres was another example of how local MP Kevin Hogan had failed to needs of regional communities.

‘Mr Hogan has been missing in action.  He’s been too busy defending the city-centric Liberal-Nationals to defend local community legal services.

‘Labor will ensure the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre can keep its doors open and go on providing vital services to the people of the North Coast and Northern Rivers.”

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