THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THE HON MICHAEL DANBY MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE PORTS
ABBOTT CUTS $560,000 FROM SERVICES FOR THE DISADVANTAGED
MONDAY, 19 MAY 2014
Tony Abbott's savage Budget has hit South Melbourne hard, with all $560,000 of federal government funding cut from Reclink Australia, an organisation providing sporting and cultural activities for the disadvantaged.
Since 1990 Reclink Australia has supported people suffering from mental health problems, homelessness, substance abuse, disability, language barriers and financial difficulties. Reclink is best known for its fantastically successful Choir of Hard Knocks program. Today we met with Reclink staff and participants attending the Salvo Hawks Training Session at the Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda.
The Salvo Hawks were one of the first teams established to play Reclink footy. The team has had many success stories including helping players find a pathway away from addiction.
Reclink staff spoke about their disappointment with the Budget and their concerns about the future of their services and the people who rely on them.
The Chairman of Reclink Australia told us that unless the organisation can find another $500,000, they were going to have to make some very hard decisions about where programs can continue.
Reclink Australia provides over 100,000 art and sport programs a year, both locally and across the nation.
The programs help the neediest in our community by fostering self-confidence, fighting isolation, developing skills, and establishing connections and friendships.
Reclink Australia makes a huge difference to so many lives. Its vital work deserves long-term support. The fact it has been completely abandoned by the Government shows how little Mr Abbott cares for the most disadvantaged in our society.