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SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

ANDREW WOODWARD

CANDIDATE FOR COWPER

LABOR WILL SUPPORT PEOPLE IN FINANCIAL HARDSHIP IN COWPER

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including $46,000 to organisations in Cowper.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for stronger community services, and bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.

The Morrison Government is cutting the funding for many emergency relief services at the end of the year.

Labor will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief organisations and provide a much needed funding boost to the sector.

In Cowper, a Shorten Labor government will provide additional funding for organisations over the next four years, including:

  • $15,000 for LifeHouse Care.
  • $15,000 for Mid Coast Communities.
  • $16,000 for Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre.

These services provide support to vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn by providing food hampers, funding for fuel to attend specialist medical appointments and other financial assistance.

The charities and not-for-profits that do this work are increasingly stretched and need more resources.

A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:

  • Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country.
  • Expanding low-cost alternatives to payday loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.
  • Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much needed top up to the emergency relief sector.

Many vulnerable Australians are falling through the cracks. Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians.

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote Labor.

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR COWPER ANDREW WOODWARD SAID:

“We have a tremendous amount of disadvantage in Cowper. Soaring youth unemployment, general unemployment double that of Sydney, one in five children living in poverty and more than 2,000 people on the public housing waiting list.

“There are many thousands of people in Cowper who need a hand and these community organisations have a great track record in delivering that help when it is needed.”

TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019