Minister for Women and Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash has defended de-funding the Queensland Working Women's Service, on the basis that a Victorian service, and a horticultural employers' association, have been funded instead.
"The Turnbull government's attempt to justify the cuts, on the basis that a Victorian-based group is to be funded to help Queensland women, is laughable," Terri Butler said.
"Queensland has its own laws in relation to industrial relations, workers' compensation, and discrimination at work. QWWS has longstanding expertise and experience in the jurisdiction," she said.
"Even more ridiculously, the Minister has cited funding being provided to a horticultural employers group as further justification for cutting funds to QWWS.
"In parliament recently, I joined with Susan Lamb MP and Lisa Chesters MP to call on the Turnbull government to provide funding for this crucial service, that has been helping Queensland women for decades.
"It is sadly no surprise that this is falling on deaf ears given the Turnbull government does not seem to care about working people at all - as is pretty clear from their callous refusal to step in to stop penalty rates being cut.
"I call on the government to make funding available to Queensland Working Women's Service so that it can carry on providing expert local support and assistance to Queensland's vulnerable women."