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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Page: 4070

Senator SCULLION (Northern TerritoryMinister for Indigenous Affairs and Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (15:08): In regard to the question asked of me by Senator Cameron, again, it is a little confusing in the sense of whose portfolio it lies in. I am more than happy to provide the answer, Senator Cameron. The Women's Legal Services of New South Wales is a community legal centre. Their core funding is provided by the Commonwealth Attorney-General through the legal assistance program. AGD is in the process of extending all community legal centre funding agreements for 12 months to 30 June 2015—as our undertaking was. Within that program, there is the Indigenous Women's Legal Program, which is a relatively small program of some $1.1 million. Funding is provided to only eight of these programs, of which that one is part. We are in the process of extending our funding agreement with this service for six months until 31 December 2014.