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NSW legal centres say Govt is silencing them with new guidelines

Professor David Dixon and Associate Professor Anna Cody speak to ABC PM (24 May 2013) about community legal centres.

DAVID MARK: Community legal centres in New South Wales are complaining about what they say are attempts to try to silence them. The centres provide legal advice to people who can't afford a lawyer but they also lobby for law reform. Under new State Government guidelines, the legal centres will be banned engaging in anything deemed to be activism or political lobbyng. The State Government says the changes are aimed at improving the use of funds but the centres say they're being gagged.

Miriam Hall reports.

(Sound of phone ringing)

ANNA CODY: Good afternoon Kingsford Legal Centre. Sure, what kind of…

MIRIAM HALL: It's mid afternoon and it's getting busy at Kingsford Legal Centre in Sydney's east. Solicitor Anna Cody is the director of Kingsford and she's also the chair of Community Legal Centres NSW.

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