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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7653


Senator WATERS (QueenslandCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (15:39): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 895, standing in my name for today, by substituting the word 'notes' for 'supports' in paragraph (e).

Leave granted.

Senator WATERS: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the crucial work done by community legal centres across Australia in assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence;

(b) acknowledges recent commitments to addressing domestic violence from the Queensland and Federal governments;

(c) notes the fact that regardless of those commitments:

(i) Queensland community legal centres helped 50 000 people in 2014 15, but were forced to turn away more than 80,000 people, and

(ii) community legal centres face a funding cut of $12 million in 2017 under the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services;

(d) notes the emergency meeting on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, in Brisbane attempting to find solutions to the funding crisis for community legal centres;

(e) notes the Productivity Commission's 2014 recommendation for an immediate $200 million funding boost for civil and family law assistance; and

(f) calls on the Federal Government to abandon the funding cuts planned for 2017, and work with state governments to increase funding to community legal centres.