The State Liberals have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to reverse funding cuts to South Australian legal centres, which provide advocacy and advice to members of the community.
The State Government has previously made a $6 million cut to community legal centres, which will severely restrict services in the regions, particularly the South East and Riverland.
Regional services in these centres will be restructured under the State Government consolidation scheme, requiring residents to go elsewhere for support.
“Unfortunately the Riverland and South East will not have their own legal centre, requiring residents to travel to Christies Beach for face to face advice,” said Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman.
“This loss of service will force victims and witnesses to travel for hours at their own expense.”
In April this year the Commonwealth announced a $55 million commitment to legal aid funding.
“The Attorney-General has stuck with the Weatherill Labor Government’s playbook of blaming the Federal Government in an attempt to distract from the State Government’s failures.
“The Law Society of SA, legal professionals and community legal centres have spoken and made substantial submissions to the Attorney-General to reverse these cuts, yet they have been ignored,” said Ms Chapman.
“The Weatherill Labor Government should reinstate the $6 million over the next four years which would clearly assist in providing face to face legal services in our major regional cities.”