Redfern Legal Centre 40 Years
(Community Recognition Statement, 30 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
For 40 years, Redfern Legal Centre has been a beacon of justice for disadvantaged and marginalised people across inner Sydney. The centre operates with a small paid staff, law students getting real life experience and volunteers, academics, community workers and activists working together for access to justice.
Vulnerable people get help with a wide range of legal problems including tenancy, housing, health services, employment, consumer and money difficulties, domestic violence, policing, discrimination and government. Outreach services help international TAFE and postgraduate students.
When established in March 1977, Redfern was the first community legal centre in NSW and only the second in Australia. Sadly community legal centres are facing massive federal funding cuts. They are gearing up with fundraising programs underway and I’m proud to support Redfern’s funding campaigns.
I thank all those who have made Redfern such a vital place over these years. Everyone involved should be proud of your service and your history helping those most in need.