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Funding Cuts to Disability Communication Service a ‘Smack in the Face’

Created  6th December 2018

State government funding cuts to a South Australian service helping people with disability access the legal system will leave vulnerable people without a voice in police interviews or court, a disability advocates warn.

The Communication Partner Service, run by Uniting Communities, had its funding slashed in the September state budget, with money predicted to dry up in February 2020.    

Uniting Communities said the majority of those accessing the service were people with severe communication disabilities dealing with physical sexual assault cases, and the funding cuts would mean they no longer were able able to access or understand the legal system.

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Maggie Coggan, 2018, Probono Australia (

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