MP IS HELP­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WHEN ap­proached by the South­ern

Gazette about my stance on the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to stop fund­ing fi­nan­cial coun­selling ser­vices through the Depart­ment of Child Pro­tec­tion, I ex­plained the rea­son­ing be­hind the de­ci­sion, which is some­thing that few peo­ple bother to let the public know.

I also said that, hav­ing fol­lowed Jacaranda’s work for many years, I felt that there was a good case to re­quest ex­tra­or­di­nary fund­ing for them.

For some rea­son, the re­porter de­cided not to in­clude in her ar­ti­cle that I have writ­ten a let­ter to Min­is­ter He­len Mor­ton ask­ing for more fund­ing so that Jacaranda’s clients can ac­cess face-to-face fi­nan­cial coun­selling.

On read­ing the ar­ti­cle with­out any prior knowl­edge of the is­sue, one would have the im­pres­sion that I am merely try­ing to jus­tify the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion, when in truth I am work­ing hard to as­sist an or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps many of the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. GLENYS GOD­FREY, MLA, Mem­ber for Bel­mont.

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