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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Continued funding for homeless persons’ legal service

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Continued funding for homeless persons’ legal service

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has today announced funding for Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House’s (QPILCH) Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC) would continue past June 30 this year.

    Mr Bleijie said $200,000 had been allocated from the Legal Practitioner Interest on Trust Accounts Fund Emergency Fund to ensure the vital legal service continued in the community.

    “I’m pleased to provide this funding to the HPLC, which has been delivering free civil law services for homeless Queenslanders since 2002,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “QPILCH is a not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that coordinates pro-bono legal services for individuals and community groups.

    “More than 300 volunteer lawyers from 23 private law firms donate their time to the HPLC, which has community agencies in 14 co-locations across Queensland, including Mission Australia and the Salvation Army.

    “The HPLC operates through pro-bono partnerships with private firms that provide pro-bono services worth more than $2.6 million annually.”

    Director of QPILCH Tony Woodyatt said the funding commitment would continue the strong working relationship between the government, private profession and QLPICH.

    “This shows what working together can do for the community and I’m delighted the HPLC can continue to help those most in need.” Mr Woodyatt said.

    The Newman Government is committed to supporting organisations that provide frontline legal services to vulnerable Queenslanders.

    [ENDS] 15 May 2013

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