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Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons

Shadow Human Services Minister Rebecca White has slammed the Liberals piecemeal funding to vital emergency food relief organisations.

“This last-gasp funding of $78,000 is inadequate and does nothing for the uncertainty facing SecondBite, Foodbank and Produce to the People,” Ms White said.

“A grant deed was issued to these organisations offering them a small amount of funding which was tied to them providing a business plan by 31 December 2014 showing how they will transition to full self-sustainability by the end of the year.

“The Government hypocritically then claimed these organisations could also use this funding for project work.

“How does the Government think $78,000 will adequately fund these organisations to both continue their project work and fund them to write a business case?

“These organisations have been abandoned by the Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma and her Liberal colleagues.

“Labor’s budget would have been delivered on time in May and we would have prioritised funding for these programs as we have done in the past.  

“The Liberals, who delayed their budget until August, should commit to adequately funding all three programs beyond the end of this financial year.”

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