Giulia Condemns Government Closure of Women’s Shelter

Shadow Minister for Women Giulia Jones has expressed concern after the ACT Labor Government has cut funding for Toora House, a refuge for women who are suffering as a result of domestic violence and abuse issues. The centre will lose up to 30% of its funding, and as a result, will most likely close at the end of June.

“Toora House should be a priority for the government. The staff and programs at Toora House help women who are on the very edge of coping and who rely on these services when they are at their lowest,” Mrs Jones said.

“How can the government spend $300,000 for a hot air balloon but not continue funding for the women in our community most at risk?

“How many more women’s and children’s services will we see funding cuts to in the lead up to the Budget next Tuesday?

“I will be seeking answers from the government about this issue and asking if there are any further cuts coming with the Budget announcement next week,” Mrs Jones concluded.