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
LABOR WELCOMES FUNDING BUT CALLS FOR CUTS TO BE REVERSED
Labor welcomes today's announcement of additional funding for vital community service organisations that faced closure following the Abbott Government's disastrous tender process last year.
This funding will provide a short term reprieve for around 100 critical services that support communities and families across the country.
However, the funding announcement fails to address the significant front line service gaps created after the Abbott Government savagely cut $270 million dollars from vital supports.
The Government must reverse these unfair, short-sighted cuts in their entirety and stop drip feeding the community sector with short term chaotic funding.
The Government's announcement today clearly acknowledges that the cuts have significantly compromised services.
A large number of organisations will still have their funding cut after 30 June and will be forced to cut back services and staff or even close their doors forever.
The community sector has faced nine long months of uncertainty and concern which has resulted in downgraded services and job losses.
The announcement of funding comes only a week after Budget Estimates where the Government were unable to answer questions about the analysis of frontline service gaps they had been directed to undertake.
Labor Senators have previously called for an Auditor General's investigation into the Abbott Government's disastrous mismanagement of funding for these important community services for vulnerable Australians.
Labor will write to the Auditor-General to highlight the recommendations of the Community Affairs Senate Committee Interim Report into the Abbott Government's community grants program.
The Senate Community Affairs Interim Report recommends that the Auditor-General consider a review of the tender process to determine if it complied with the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines.
The Interim Report highlighted significant problems in the management of the funding process.
WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE 2015
MEREDITH HORNE (MOORE) 0408 599 800
SUE BAILEY (BROWN) 0417 550 279