LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES

20 Feb 2017

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.

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