Fund­ing needs to con­tinue

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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

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