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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6029


Senator Ludwig asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 16 September 2002:

(1) What are the names of the community legal centres (CLCs) operating in Queensland.

(2) What are the names of the CLCs that have been closed in Queensland since 1999.

(3) What funding did each of the CLCs in Queensland receive for the financial years: (a) 2000-01; and (b) 2001-02.

(4) With the closures of these CLCs, have monies been redirected into `hotline' services in Queensland or have they been retrieved by the Commonwealth.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The following community legal services operate in Queensland and are funded through the Commonwealth Community Legal Services Program.

Brisbane Welfare Rights Centre Inc.

Cairns Community Legal Centre

Caxton Legal Centre

Central Queensland Community Legal Service

Environmental Defenders Office (QLD)

Environmental Defenders Office of North Queensland

Highway Legal Service and Citizens Advice Bureau

Logan Youth Legal Service

North Queensland Women's Legal Service

Pine Rivers Welfare Association

Prisoners' Legal Service Inc

Roma Community Legal Service

South Brisbane Immigration & Community Legal Service

South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre

Suncoast Community Legal Service

Tenants Union of Queensland

Toowoomba Community Legal Service

Townsville Community Legal Service

Western Queensland Justice Network

Women's Legal Service Inc (QLD)

Youth Advocacy Centre

The following community legal services also operate in Queensland but are not funded through the program.

Arts Law Centre of Queensland

Bayside Community Legal Centre

Gold Coast Community Legal Centre

Goondiwindi Community Legal Service

Logan Legal Advice Centre

Peninsula Community Legal Service

Petrie Community Legal Service

Queensland Advocacy Inc

Stanthorpe Community Legal Service

University of Queensland Union Legal Service

(2) No community legal centres have been closed by the Commonwealth since 1999. The Financial Counselling Service Qld Inc previously received funding under the Commonwealth Community Legal Services Program to provide some legal services as an additional service. That organisation decided not to enter a funding agreement in the 2002/03 financial year to provide legal services under the program.

It is worth noting that the Department is in the process of reallocating the funding previously provided to the Financial Counselling Service Qld Inc to a replacement service provider.

(3) Commonwealth funding for community legal services in Queensland for the financial years 2000-01 and 2001-02 is shown in the following table.

Name

2000/01

2001/02

$

$

Brisbane Welfare Rights Centre

206,696

210,747

Cairns Community Legal Centre

176,175

179,628

Caxton Legal Centre

307,406

313,431

Central Queensland CLS

160,769

163,920

Environmental Defenders Office (QLD)

75,461

76,940

Financial Counselling Services

71,712

73,118

Highway Legal Service and Citizens Advice Bureau

163,753

166,963

Logan Youth Legal Service

67,708

69,035

Environmental Defender's Office of North Queensland

75,174

76,647

North Queensland Women's Legal Service

384,871

392,415

Pine Rivers Welfare Association

5,796

5,910

Prisoners Legal Service

56,639

57,749

Roma Legal Service

30,570

31,169

South Brisbane Immigration & CLS

131,375

133,950

South West Brisbane CLS

2,419

2,466

Suncoast CLS

13,479

13,743

Tenants Union of Qld

14,951

15,244

Toowoomba CLS - Total

164,746

167,975

Townsville CLS- Total

150,398

153,346

Western Queensland Justice Network

204,199

208,201

Women's Legal Service Inc (QLD)- Total

424,817

433,143

Youth Advocacy Centre

78,113

79,644

QUEENSLAND TOTAL

2,967,228

3,025,385

(4) No community legal centres have been closed in Queensland and no funding has been redirected from closures to the Regional Law Hotline.The funding previously provided to the Financial Counselling Service Inc QLD will be allocated to another service provider.