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North coast National Party MPs have broken ranks with party line over the survival of Murwillumbah Community Legal Service, following major budget cuts to its parent, the Lismore-based Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

The centre’s annual budget is set to be cut by $180,000 and is due to take effect from July 1, 2017. Community legal centres play a vital role in providing free legal services to vulnerable people.

Local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin told The Echo, ‘Community Legal Centres play an important role in our communities and I value the work they do for people who need a lawyer, but can’t afford to pay for one. I have raised this issue with the NSW attorney-general, Mark Speakman. The NSW government is considering options in regard to the funding cuts.’

‘In the interim, the attorney-general and I implore the federal government to reconsider its decision so CLCs can continue to deliver their invaluable service.’

A spokesperson for Mr Provest said the funding cuts may affect the outreach services and thus had already expressed his concerns to the NSW attorney-general.

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  1. With great respect to your journalist, the term “Broken Ranks” is not quite the right descriptive term to be using. The term ‘break ranks’ came from the military description of soldiers abandoning a straight line formation.

    In the present day National Party what is going on is a full blown mutiny followed by a panicked retreat to what they think is safer ground.

    But we the voters aren’t fooled. So many times on so many issues I would be and wanna be Nats sassy they will cross the floor and when it comes to the time, they retreat like cowards.Qq


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