Labor will support people in financial hardship across Brisbane

23 April 2019

With Senator Jenny McAllister and Paul Newbury

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including over $5.3 million for organisations that deliver services in Brisbane.  
The Morrison Government is slashing funding to vital emergency relief services. 
Labor will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief organisations and provide a much needed funding boost to the sector. 
This will boost the ability of these grassroots organisations to deliver critical support to people when they need it most. 
The Liberals’ cruel cuts will make it harder for people facing extreme financial hardship to have a basic quality of life and get by. 
Unlike the Liberals who only stand up for the top end of town, Labor will always support Australians doing it tough.  
A Shorten Labor Government will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief in Brisbane by providing additional funding over the next four years, including: 
·         $233,000 for Brisbane Youth Service.  
·         $331,000 for Lutheran Services.  
·         $155,000 for Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre.  
·         $102,000 for Goodna Youth Services.   
Without this funding, many of these organisations will be forced to turn away vulnerable people seeking assistance or have to cut the services they offer. 
Over the next four years, Labor will also provide a funding boost to Brisbane emergency relief organisations, including: 
·         $19,000 for Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Service.  
·         $509,000 for St Vincent de Paul Society. 
·         $102,000 for Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. 
·         $24,000 for 139 Club ltd.  
·         $15,000 for Community Queensland.  
·         $15,000 for Mount Gravatt Community Centre.  
·         $47,000 for Acacia Ridge Community Support.  
·         $53,000 for The Vietnamese Community in Australia, Queensland Chapter. 
·         $27,000 for Nexus Care. 
·         $32,000 for the Redland Community Centre.   
·         $16,000 for The Rock Christian Church.  
Labor will also reverse the cuts and provide a funding boost to the following organisations to deliver services across Brisbane as well as other parts of the country:  
·         $612,000 for Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia – to deliver services to Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.  
·         $3,053,000 for The Salvation Army – to deliver services to Queensland, ACT and NSW. 
These services provide support to vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn by providing food hampers, funding for fuel to attend specialist medical appointments and other financial assistance.  
The charities and not-for-profits that do this work are increasingly stretched and need more resources.  
A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:  
·         Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country.   
·         Expanding low-cost alternatives to pay day loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.  
·         Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much needed top up to the emergency relief sector.  
Many vulnerable Australians are falling through the cracks. Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians.