Ed Husic says Labor would allocate $100,000 per year to Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre

A Labor government would commit $300,000 to Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre over three years if elected, said Member for Chifley Ed Husic (centre).
A Labor government would commit $300,000 to Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre over three years if elected, said Member for Chifley Ed Husic (centre).

A Shorten Labor government would commit $300,000 over three years to Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre, according to Member for Chifley Ed Husic.

Mr Husic pledged to allocate $100,000 a year to the centre, based in Rooty Hill, if the Opposition is elected on July 2.

“Labor knows how important the Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre is,” Mr Husic said.

“It’s there for local residents when they are often at their most vulnerable – victims of domestic violence and financial scams are among the most common of their clients.

“A big bank account shouldn't be the only way to get crucial legal advice – the Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre provides a vital service to locals.”

Office manager at Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre, Rosemary Davies said the funds would be used to increase services to the community.

“Our demand is forever increasing and we are always booked out,” she said.

Ms Davies said the money would go towards employing two more part-time solicitors and funding the centre’s community legal education (CLE) forums – which cover a range of legal areas including consumer law, family law and road and traffic rules. 

“We would look to add an extra two solicitors to our team,” she said. “This could add an extra 650 advice sessions per year.

“Depending on what we are able to afford, we could hopefully add a further three to six CLE sessions to our program.”

Mr Husic said thanks to cuts by the Liberal government, 160,000 people were turned away from community legal centres in Australia last year. 

“This funding will help ensure the Centre can continue to provide their valuable services after the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s disastrous cuts,” he said.

“The Liberals have done nothing but attack legal services since the day they came to office. This is not right and Labor will address it.”