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Phone help for grieving mothers cut.



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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

Telephone: (07) 3510 3100 Facsimile: (07) 3510 3111

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 MARCH 2008

Phone help for grieving mothers cut

Women who suffer miscarriage or have a stillborn child have been handed a blow by the Rudd Razor gang, with a promised $800 000 grant for a telephone help line, the latest funding to be scrapped.

Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Qld, said: “Razor gang member Senator Nick Sherry confirmed today that the Rudd Government will not be funding the Bonnie Babes Foundation to establish a telephone help line.”

The Bonnie Babes Foundation, established in 1994 offers grief counselling to women who have a stillbirth or a miscarriage and helps families to cope with premature births.

Senator Boyce said: “The funding for this help line could have helped more than 25 000 families across Australia who experience a traumatic and stressful event in their lives.”

“The Bonnie Babes foundation is a wholly volunteer, but specialist, organisation that looks after the welfare of women and their families and it is another example of the heartlessness of the Rudd government to cut this

funding.”

Answering Senator Boyce’s question in the Senate today, Senator Nick Sherry told grieving women to “go to Lifeline”.

“Senator Sherry is obviously completely unaware that the Bonnie Babes foundation trains Lifeline volunteers on maternal grief counselling, and most cases are simply referred onto Bonnie Babes from Lifeline.

“This is another example of the insensitivity and lack of understanding of the Rudd Labor government for the most vulnerable in our society.

“We can now add grieving parents to the ever growing list - carers, old age pensioners and people with disabilities, who’s next?” said Senator Boyce.

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