Funding cuts imposed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government and set to take effect from July 1 will see key services in regional Queensland end, according to Member for Warrego Ann Leahy and she says that’s just not good enough.
“The Women’s Legal Service provides invaluable legal support and advice to vulnerable women across Queensland, particularly women and children suffering from domestic violence and funding is about to run out.”
The service includes a phone hotline for rural and regional women desperately seeking help in life-threatening situations.
“This is 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.”
Ms Leahy says the 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 30 June 2017.”
“Vulnerable women and their families in regional Queensland deserve better. Contact Annastacia Palaszczuk today and tell her to reverse Labor’s unfair funding cuts.”