The Abbott Government has not slashed frontline services in announcing its Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grants funding round as claimed by Labor.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion said claims today by Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon and Senator Nova Peris that the Katherine Women’s Legal Service (KWILS) has had its funding withdrawn are wrong.
“KWILS lodged an application for funding to provide legal services for Indigenous women, which was successful.
“KWILS did not receive funds for supplementary legal services because they did not apply for it.
“My Department will continue discussions with KWILS and we will ensure that there are no gaps in services.
“This service also receives other Government funding to deliver services to the Katherine community.
“For Labor to say that women who are victims of domestic violence will not get any support is nothing more than scaremongering.
“We have been very mindful in making decisions as part of this funding round and remain committed to improve the lives of Indigenous people.
“The Abbott Government has committed $860 million dollars in IAS funding to ensure this happens.”
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2015-03-05 Minister for Indigenous Affairs Media Release – Labor Wrong Over IAS Funding.pdf