07 October, 2016

Most political parties running candidates in the ACT election agree the next ACT Government should save the Environmental Defenders’ Office (EDO) ACT from closure and provide it with core funding.

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On 27 September, the ACT Greens announced that, if elected, it would fund the ongoing operation of the Environment Defenders Office. Here is the EDO's media release welcoming that announcement.

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EDO ACT Calls For Smarter Public Investment In Our Local Environment And Community Groups

On World Environment Day, the Environmental Defenders Office – ACT has called for a smarter focus on how the ACT Government invests taxpayers money, calling for the Government to look locally and to support ACT based community organisations.

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EDO ACT Faces Closure without Budget Support

The Environmental Defenders Office – ACT expresses its severe disappointment in the lack of additional funding for specialty Community Legal Centres in the 2015-2016 ACT Government Budget.

Following harsh cuts to funding by the Federal Government the Environmental Defenders Office faces financial uncertainty following no additional funding allocations on the 2015-2016 ACT Budget.

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Federal Attorney General leaves EDOs out of funding restoration for community legal centres

Individuals and community groups may be unlikely to afford to take legal action against environmentally damaging developments such as open cut coal mines and coal seam gas projects after the Federal Government refused to restore funding to Environmental Defenders Offices around Australia.

Federal Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, today announced the restoration of $25.5 million in funding to Legal Aid Commissions, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Centres Services, but excluded EDOs from his decision.

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ACT Community Legal Centres welcome ACT Attorney General’s support for Legal Assistance Services

Five of Canberra’s Community Legal Centres have welcomed calls from ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell for expanded funding and his acknowledgement of shared responsibility to protect the delivery of frontline legal services to those most vulnerable within our community.

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