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JOHNSTON SLAMS ESSENTIAL SERVICES FUNDING CUT PROMISE

By March 15, 2024No Comments

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has described Labor and Liberal’s failure to commit to fair funding indexation to Tasmania’s community services as “callous” and “cold-hearted,” with figures showing it effectively equates to real funding cuts of between $7.35M and $14.7M over four years.

“With Tasmania in the grip of housing, health and cost of living pressures, more and more people in need will be seeking assistance from our invaluable community services,” Ms Johnston said.

“These cuts to indexation rates will have a devastating flow-on effect which will see increased pressure on our hospitals and emergency departments, more people going hungry and generally being left without the vital support they need.”

“I have raised this a number of times in parliament and the Government has continued to say they support the work of the sector while at the same time effectively cutting their funding. And Labor have slammed them for this.”

“But when push comes to shove in an election period, both the Liberal Party and Labor Party are shown up to be no friends of the community sector.”

“It is incredibly concerning that Labor have now backflipped on their previous support for the sector. And if this Government has no issue committing $375M to a stadium at Macquarie Point, surely it can commit to adequately funding our community services industry and step up for the sake of our most vulnerable Tasmanians”.

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