LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
MEMBER FOR BARTON
JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TERRITORIES
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
LABOR CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO BRING FORWARD DV HOUSING
Labor is calling on the Morrison Government to bring forward the construction of additional accommodation for women and children escaping family violence.
In March last year, the Government announced $60 million in grants – over 2020-21 and 2021-22 – to expand emergency accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence.
Sixteen months later, and the Government is yet to confirm which organisations have received the grants.
A paper released by the Australian Institute of Criminology in July found an ‘escalation’ of family violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government promised up to 450 additional places for 6,500 women and children experiencing domestic and family violence annually.
The Government needs to provide certainty to the sector as a matter of urgency. Labor calls on the Government to bring forward funding for the construction of much needed safe housing for women and children.
Projects should start now - not be delayed to 2021-22.
The Government should also invest in more programs that help women stay in their own homes.
This would help keep women and children safe, as well as create jobs and boost local economies in remote, regional and metropolitan Australia.
Now is the time to be investing in jobs and the infrastructure those who are most vulnerable in our community sorely needed.
WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY 2020
DARYL TAN (BURNEY) 02 9587 1555
ARLEY BLACK (CLARE) 02 9790 2466