BAIRD GOVERNMENT MUST FIX CRISIS HOUSING SHORTAGE

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The Baird Government must fix the crisis housing shortage in NSW by reversing its cruel Going Home, Staying Home reforms which completely decimated women’s shelters across the state.

NSW Labor today renewed calls for the Government to reverse the changes while it waits on the state’s share of Commonwealth Government funding to tackle domestic violence announced yesterday. 

The 2014 Going Home, Staying Home changes destroyed the provision of specific women’s services, consolidating them into generalist homelessness services. 

That resulted in the loss of hundreds of beds for women seeking refuge from domestic violence, forcing women and children to seek refuge in shelters with men and others battling drug and mental health issues. 

The Commonwealth yesterday indicated COAG will work together to determine how funding is allocated to respective states and managed – but NSW needs action now. 

The tragic case of Auburn hairdresser Leila Alavi – who was killed by her partner in a suburban carpark after being turned away from at least 12 refuges – is a horrifying example which shows the crisis housing shortage must be fixed immediately. 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley 

“The Commonweath’s domestic violence package is a welcome first step, and the Baird Government should certainly be exploring how to match this funding.” 

“But what NSW needs immediately is a reversal of the cruel Going Home, Staying Home reforms which decimated the crisis housing women and children desperately need as they flee domestic violence.” 

“This is a chance for the Baird Government to undo the damage it has done and restore funding to women-only refuges, shelters and specialist services.” 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Jodie Harrison 

“Funding needs to be used in the right areas to be effective. In NSW, that means putting resources back into the crisis housing shortage which is leaving women fleeing domestic violence out in the cold.” 

“It’s time for the Baird Government to accept that last year’s Going Home, Staying Home reforms were a monumental disaster – and take action now to make things right.”