: DUAO - Vol 39(2)

DUAO - 2014 - Vol 39(2)

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Developments around the country

DownUnderAllOver is a round-up of legal news from both State and federal jurisdictions, and contains topical articles and short pieces from Alternative Law Journal committees around the country.

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Federal Budget cuts to community legal centres

Liana Buchanan
Federal

In the week of the May Federal Budget, community legal centres learned of several decisions they say will cut free legal help and further reduce access to justice.

Fifty seven centres across Australia have been told they will lose funding in 2015–16 and 2016–17. These cuts represent a funding loss in each of those years of around $6 million and will affect the last two years of four-year funding agreements signed by the former government. This funding has been used to open new outreach offices, provide new family violence duty lawyer services, extend advice clinics for the homeless and deliver other, much needed frontline services.

(2014) 39(2) AltLJ 138

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Proposed changes to racial vilification laws hotly contested

Hugh De Kretser
Federal

A day after defending the right of people to be bigots and to say offensive, insulting and bigoted things, Attorney-General George Brandis announced details of proposed changes to protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The proposed changes seek to implement the Abbott Government’s promise to repeal the existing protection ‘in its current form’ in response to a Federal Court finding that columnist Andrew Bolt breached the laws by writing two articles that suggested that a number of light-skinned Aboriginal people pretended to be Aboriginal to access certain benefits.

(2014) 39(2) AltLJ 138

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