SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR FAMILIES AND PAYMENTS
LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
SENATE REPORT: TURNBULL MUST REINSTATE SAVAGE $270 MILLION CUTS TO COMMUNITY SERVICES
Labor Senators have called on the Government to take immediate action to fix the gap in funding of critical frontline services caused by the $270 million cuts to community services funding.
This follows the tabling of the Community Affairs Senate Committee Report into the Liberal Government's community grants program.
Senator Claire Moore, Shadow Minister for Communities, said that the Senate report clearly demonstrates the loss of trust and credibility from the community sector due to the introduction of a shambolic and incompetent tender process that has decimated hundreds of services.
"Overwhelming evidence given to the Senate inquiry exposed the tendering process having caused chaos in the sector and has shown the Government's complete disregard for these critical frontline services."
"Essential and often life-saving frontline community services have all faced incredible uncertainty about their future during this tender process when their priority should have been to focus on helping some of the most vulnerable communities and individuals."
"Labor is calling for an Auditor-General's investigation into the Government's mismanagement of the community grants program so the Department of Social Security can rebuild trust with the community services sector," said Senator Moore
Senator Carol Brown, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Payments said that the Government's political fixes and piecemeal approach had failed to address the significant frontline service gap created by their own short sighted incompetence.
"A large number of organisations across Australia had their funding cut and were forced to cut back services and staff or even close their doors forever," said Senator Brown
"Mr Turnbull should show some leadership and immediately reinstate the full $270 million savagely cut from vital services that support and advocacy for vulnerable communities, families and children."
"The Government must take immediate action on the report's recommendations, particularly the recommendation that an urgent review of ongoing service gaps is undertaken and the gaps filled immediately."
The interim and final reports of the Community Affairs Reference Committee can be view on the inquiry's home page.
WEDNESDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2015
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