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Queensland's community legal centres in funding crisis

FUNDING for the state's community legal centres has reached crisis levels, with representatives from the sector meeting with state and federal MPs in an attempt to find solutions.

The emergency bipartisan meeting on Tuesday will attempt to address funding issues that see almost half of all people who approach legal aid centres turned away.

Anticipating further cuts, community lawyers will plead their case at Parliament with federal and state representatives in an attempt to discuss the impact the unmet need is already having.

"While community legal centres helped almost 50,000 people last financial year, more than 80,000 couldn't get the services they need," Director of Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services James Farrell said.

"That means that three in every five people trying to get legal help are turned away."

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