Lawyers fight to keep funding for community services

QUEENSLAND lawyers have welcomed the Attorney-General's to fight funding cuts to Community Legal Centres at the recent Queensland Law Society Symposium.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said "gag clauses" for the centres would also be lifted, honouring a pre-election promise.

Society president Michael Fitzgerald said the new Attorney-General's work in meeting pre-election commitments was a positive sign for working with the recently elected State Government.

The Queensland Law Society warned Federal funding cuts to Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid Queensland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services meant less support for those needing domestic violence legal services in Queensland.

"There is a crisis in access to justice for Queenslanders experiencing domestic violence, as recently outlined in the report by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"It does not make sense to cut funding in the community legal services sector."