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Welcome to the June edition of the KLC e-bulletin. This month, we explore funding cuts to CLCs, discuss domestic violence and Indigenous constitutional recognition workshops , and bid a fond farewell to some stellar CLCNSW employees.

Community Legal Centres Facing Funding Cuts Of 30% From 1 July 2017

Many people in Australia can’t get the legal help they need. In 2014-2015, over 160,000 of Australia’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people had to be turned away by community legal centres, largely due to a lack of resources.

Unresolved legal problems generate a range of flow-on effects, including significant costs to the government and broader community. Access to legal help can prevent or reduce the escalation of legal problems and reduce costs to the justice system and other areas such as health and housing. Community legal centres  provide unique and essential free legal help to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community. They are effective, efficient and innovative.

There are Federal Government funding cuts of 30% nationally from 1 July 2017.  In order to prevent many people from missing out on the help they need, these must be reversed.

A cut in funding of this scale will result in a significant reduction in service delivery for Kingsford Legal Centre.  Our next edition of the e-bulletin will be dedicated to showing what these cuts will look like and just who will be affected. 

For further information on the national campaign for quality legal help in your community, visit the Community Law website at www.communitylawaustralia.org.au

 

Community Workers CLE - Domestic Violence And Immediate Needs Workshop

KLC Solicitor Natalie Ross delivered a workshop on the Immediate Needs of Domestic Violence survivors to around 20 community workers on Wednesday 25 May. The workshop focussed on issues such as tenancy, Centrelink payments, court orders and community organisation/charity support. These issues are vital for our community workers who support survivors through this extremely traumatic period.  
 

Indigenous Constitutional Recognition Workshop – Matraville High School

On Tuesday 24 May 2016, KLC staff and students led a workshop for Matraville High School students. UNSW recently established the UNSW Matraville Education Partnership, where UNSW academics and students are working with Matraville High students and teachers to deliver educational activities.
 
Matraville High kindly invited KLC to present on constitutional recognition and other available options for relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 30 students from years 9-12 Aboriginal Studies, History and Legal Studies classes participated in the class. KLC students Amanda, Angela, Belinda and Mitch prepared the workshop and presented on the day, with KLC Aboriginal Access Worker Kaleesha Morris, and solicitors Anais Morgan and Maria Nawaz.
 
Opening with the question “How do we mend the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples so we can move forward together?”, the workshop focussed on options for reform including declaration, treaty and constitutional recognition.
 
The workshop enjoyed  great student interaction, questions and group activities, and KLC has already been invited back to talk to the Aboriginal Studies and Legal Studies classes.
 

 

KLC Opens Its Doors To UNSW Law Students

On Tuesday 3 May KLC invited law students to come into the Centre, take a look around and learn more about our courses and the student clinical experience.  KLC staff and current students were on hand to answer any questions they might have and to give them a tour of the Centre.  The event resulted in an increase in enrolments for semester 2 and we plan to hold the event annually.
 

Spotlight on …  Will Drolz-Parker

Will has been a part of KLC for a few years now, first as an employment law student, then as a community law student. Will did practical legal training with us, some casual admin work and finally he is working on a webinar project for us. It seems he likes the place!

“While I have enjoyed all of my roles at Kingsford Legal Centre, the role I most enjoyed was being a casual admin worker. This is because as an admin worker I could see firsthand how much thought and effort KLC’s solicitors/clinical supervisors put into educating the clinical education students and encouraging those students to be the best that they can be.

What draws me, and I think many other people, to KLC is the Centre’s passionate and supportive staff. Everyone at KLC is dedicated to helping the community and this shows in everything they do. Whether KLC staff members are providing free legal assistance to people in need, educating community members about their rights or inspiring law students to consider a world outside of for-profit legal practice, you can always tell that they believe in what they are doing and I have loved doing my part in that.

I would definitely recommend KLC’s course to other students. KLC’s courses are a great way to move beyond the classroom and see how the legal system directly affects the lives of everyday people in the community.”

 

Comings And Goings… Big Changes At CLCNSW

KLC is sorry to farewell CLCNSW Director, Al McEwen (2008-16), and Advocacy & Human Rights Officer Kerry Nettle (2013-16), from the sector. Al is heading off to be the next Disability Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, whilst Kerry is taking a well-earned break.  All at KLC would like to wish them all the best for the future.
 

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