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FUNDING BOOST FOR SOUTH WEST SYDNEY LEGAL CENTRE

August 13, 2013

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Member for Fowler Chris Hayes today announced new funding for the South West Sydney Legal Centre.

They were joined by Labor candidate for Hughes Alison Megarrity.

The Rudd Labor Government will provide an extra $400,000 to the South West Sydney Legal Centre for the next four years.

"Access to legal advice and support is essential to strengthening our local communities and our democracy," said Mr Dreyfus.

"I am proud of Labor’s commitment to a fair go under the law and am confident this funding for the South West Sydney Legal Centre will make a real difference to people in the area.

"Legal services have not yet fully recovered from cuts under the Howard Liberal Government but, in a tough budgetary period, this is a significant boost."

"Since it was established in 1986, South West Sydney Legal Centre has grown to deliver a wide range of legal, quasi-legal and welfare services for people living or working in Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown," Mr Hayes said.

"I commend the staff at the Centre, who come from diverse backgrounds and provide services in a number of languages, for the invaluable assistance they provide to the community.

"This additional funding will help them meet the demand in Fowler for free legal advice in most areas of law, including family law, domestic violence and AVOs, child support, consumer claims, discrimination, driving offences and motor vehicle damage claims."

This funding is part of an extra $33.5 million over four years for community legal centres across Australia.

The new funding for community legal centres is in addition to the $32 million already provided annually under the Australian Government’s Community Legal Services Program.

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