Funding needs to continue
THE Women’s Legal Service provides invaluable legal support and advice to vulnerable women across Queensland, particularly women and children suffering from domestic violence.
Sadly, due to funding cuts imposed by the Palaszczuk Government to take effect from July 1, key services in regional Queensland will no longer be available.
This includes a phone hotline for women desperately seeking help in life-threatening situations.
As a critical access point for rural and regional women, this will mean their chances of getting through will significantly decrease.
The Women’s Legal Service estimates that, on current demand, 13,000 victims of violence in Queensland will not be able to access a service.
This legal assistance is essential for the safety of thousands of vulnerable women who will not leave an abusive home unless they know about their legal rights to a protection order or how to protect their children through the family court system.
In 2012, the LNP saved the day and provided $750,000 over three years to keep this hotline going.
In 2014, we extended that funding arrangement until June, 30, 2017. That funding is about to run out.
Vulnerable women and their families in regional Queensland deserve better.
Contact Annastacia Palaszczuk and tell her to reverse Labor’s unfair funding cuts. — Ann Leahy MP, Member for Warrego