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Democrats appeal for survival of N.O.W. Centre



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SENATOR JANET POWELL AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

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24th June,1992.

DEMOCRATS APPEAL FOR SURVIVAL OF N.O.W. CENTRE

Australian Democrats Victorian Senator Janet Powell has asked the Government to review its decision to cease funding the N.O.W. Centre in Brunswick.

In a Notice of Motion Senator Powell referred to the devastating effect of the centre's closure on single homeless women, the disabled, families in need of emergency relief, children living in poverty, people of non-Australian ethnic background, the homeless and the nearly

19% of the community who are unemployed in the region.

"It seems that both the Government and the Opposition want this issue to go away. If it were not for the local community, Phil Cleary and the Democrats that would probably be the case," Senator Powell said.

"The N.O.W. Centre's funding crisis typifies the paralysis of this Government. They are unwilling to act to turn the economic situation around by a change of policy direction. Similarly, they seem unable to deal with the social damage created by those policies".

"When a Government abandons the most vulnerable of our people in a time of national crisis it demonstrates a moral bankruptcy which must be seen for what it is. The region serviced by the N.O.W. centre has a high concentration of the victims of the recession. If Labor want to demonstrate a sense of concern, compassion and justice they will respond quickly to today's protest by restoring funding without delay".

"The Australian Democrats will not allow this issue to be swept aside. We will continue to pressure the Government to give back to the people of the north west region their capacity to cope with the social

disaster wrought on them by Labor's cruel policies," Senator Powell said.

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