Labor appalled at Liberals' cuts to women's refuges

Labor is appalled by reports that the Liberals are planning to axe the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes $110 million in federal funding for women's refuges.

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 
SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
 SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
   
 
TERRI BUTLER MP
 SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
 SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES 
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

 

LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES

Labor is appalled by reports that the Liberals are planning to axe the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes $110 million in federal funding for women's refuges.

Already, 2800 women are turned away from refuges each year. Many refuges are already over-full, and in critical need of more funding, not less.

For too long people have asked ‘why doesn’t she just leave?’, when they should have been asking ‘where will she go?’

If the Liberals cut all federal funding to women’s refuges – there will be few places left to go.

The Liberals can’t keep saying they're serious about ending domestic violence at the same time as they cut funding to all of the services women need to actually escape abusive relationships.

At the last election, Labor pledged an additional $88 million to fund safe housing for women escaping domestic violence.

Federal funding for women’s refuges was first provided by the Whitlam Government. 

 

 

SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2017

 

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