The Greens have today said that the Government’s sudden cuts to National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum is completely out of line with the Close the Gap refresh and principles of co-design.
“This is a devastating decision for First Nations women and their children who have a right to access services that are culturally appropriate.
“We will not close the gap and lives will be at risk.
“This Government is wilfully ignoring First Nations peoples when they say time and again that they need culturally appropriate services at all levels delivered by and for their communities.
“I worry for the safety of women when these cuts filter down to the ground. Lives will be impacted by these cuts.
“We have a Government handing out grants willy nilly and yet one of the most important peak bodies for First Nations women has been unceremoniously de-funded.
“We have submitted questions to the Minister to find out the details and basis of this decision”.
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180