Firebrand senator Jacqui Lambie has launched another passionate spray at the Turnbull government for "sledging welfare recipients with a hammer".
Attorney-General George Brandis insists the federal government is not cutting funding to community legal centres.
His denial comes with firebrand senator Jacqui Lambie launching another passionate spray, claiming the government is "sledging welfare recipients with a hammer".
Senator Lambie, who last week delivered an emotional and deeply personal speech against welfare cuts, joined a cross-party push on Monday for the government to abandon slashing community legal centre funding by 30 per cent from July 1.
Labor, the Greens, Derryn Hinch and Senator Lambie say the $34.8 million funding cut is a small amount in the federal budget but will have a devastating impact on vulnerable and disadvantaged Australians.
"Leave those people that are on welfare alone. Stop sledging them with a hammer. It's enough," Senator Lambie told reporters in Canberra.
"Let them have the justice and the right to prove their cases in a court of law if that's what it takes, for free of charge, so they can sort their business matters out."
The Tasmanian independent senator said all Australians deserved access to justice and legal representation.
"We have a lucky country and they should have the right to have legal representation whether you have money or not," she said.
Senator Lambie said she agrees with Senator Nick Xenophon, who is refusing to negotiate with the Turnbull government on corporate tax cuts until a power crisis is resolved, arguing more attention should be paid to vulnerable Australians instead of big businesses.
Senator Brandis maintains there have been no cuts to payments to the legal centres.
He said money was provided for under a four-year program, announced by the previous Labor government in the 2013 budget, which was deliberately designed to terminate at the end of June.
He said support for community legal centres was also a matter for state and territory governments.
Senator Brandis said they also had to "pull their weight".