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Budget cruelly misses opportunity to address national domestic violence crisis

Media Release
Larissa Waters 13 May 2015

The Abbott Government's budget does nothing  to help domestic violence victims and survivors and locks in many of last year's domestic violence funding cuts. 

"For all of the government's rhetoric about domestic violence, its budget is a missed opportunity to address this tragic national crisis," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"After the interim Senate Inquiry report, the Government  reversed some of the worst funding cuts to legal centres and extended a homelessness program for a limited period.

"But what was needed was a full reversal of the cuts and a funding injection for domestic violence prevention, crisis response, legal assistance and long-term affordable housing.

"Cuts of $44 million from new emergency housing, a $15 million cut from Legal Aid, cuts to grants for domestic violence services and cuts to long-term affordable housing were all locked in last night. 

"The government has ignored the overwhelming calls for an urgent funding boost for domestic violence primary prevention, crisis response, community legal centres, and affordable housing. 

"We are a caring society and we can do better. Our nation's shameful domestic violence crisis should be a funding priority.

"The Greens have a fully costed plan to raise tens of billions of dollars by ending the free ride for the big end of town.

"The Abbott Government has still not learnt that Australians don't want  our nation's most vulnerable to suffer, while the big end of town gets off scot-free" Senator Waters said.

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