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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OFFICE OF P H IL IP R U D D O C K, M.P.

MEMBER FOR DUNDAS SHADOW- M INISTER -EQR

SUITE 302 EASTWOOD CENTRE 160 ROWE STREET

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA, A CT. 2600 TEL. (062) 72 1211

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NEEDY THE LOSERS I N GOVERNMENT ROW.

The p o o r and t h e d i s a d v a n t a g e d a r e b e i n g us e d as pawns i n t h e w r a n g l e

o v e r e me r g e n c y r e l i e f f u n d i n g w h i c h i s p r e s e n t l y o c c u r r i n g b e t w e e n

t h e S t a t e L a b o r and F e d e r a l L a b o r G o v e r n m e n t s , l o c a l M . P . P h i l i p

Ruddoc k s a i d t o d a y .

1 Many f a m i l i e s i n t h i s d i s t r i c t a r e b e i n g d i s a d v a n t a g e d b e c a u s e t h e y

can no l o n g e r r e c e i v e e me r g e n c y a i d f r o m t h e S t a t e D e p a r t m e n t o f

Y o u t h & Co mmu n i t y S e r v i c e s . '

' T h e s e f a m i l i e s a r e i n d e s p e r a t e s t r a i t s and a r e t u r n i n g t o a l r e a d y

o v e r - b u r d e n e d c o mmu n i t y a g e n c i e s f o r h e l p . '

Mr Ruddoc k s a i d i t had a l r e a d y been r e p o r t e d t h a t t h e S mi t h F a m i l y

i n P a r r a m a t t a i s b e i n g ' s w a mp e d ' w i t h phone c a l l s f r o m p e o p l e n e e d i n g

h e l p , and o t h e r a g e n c i e s a r e r e p o r t i n g s i m i l a r i n c r e a s e s i n c a l l s

f o r a s s i s t a n c e .

' I t s t a n d s t o r e a s o n t h a t t h e p e o p l e b e i n g t r u n e d away f r o m t h e

D e p a r t m e n t a r e g o i n g ; t o s e e k h e l p e l s e w h e r e , b u t u n f o r t u n a t e l y t h e

a g e n c i e s do n o t h a v e t h e e x p a n d e d r e s o u r c e s n e c e s s a r y t o t o a s s i s t . '

Mr Ruddoc k s a i d he t h o u g h t i t was ' a b s o l u t e l y u n b e l i e v a b l e t h a t t wo L a b o r

g o v e r n m e n t s s h o u l d be b r a w l i n g o v e r e me r g e n c y h e l p f o r t h e p o o r e s t i n

o u r s o c i e t y ; t h e v e r y p e o p l e whom t h e y a l w a y s p r o c l a i m t o h a v e s p e c i a l

a f f i n i t y w i t h and f o r . '

' I t i s i mmo r a l t h a t t h e n e e d y s h o u l d be e x p o s e d i n t h i s way t o i n c r e a s e d

h u n g e r and d e p r i v a t i o n . '

He a g r e e d t h a t t h e i s s u e a t s t a k e i s a mo s t i m p o r t a n t one w h i c h mu s t be

r e s o l v e d , ' h o w e v e r I t h i n k i t i s b r u t a l l y u n f a i r and u n j u s t f o r b o t h

g o v e r n m e n t s t o make t h e n e e d y b e a r t h e b r u n t o f t h e s i t u a t i o n w h i l e t h e y

c o n t i n u e t o a r g u e o v e r a s o l u t i o n . '

Mr Ruddoc k s a i d he r e c a l l e d a s t a t e m e n t by t h e P r e m i e r , Mr Wr a n , i n 1 9 8 2

i n w h i c h he s t a t e d t h a t he w o u l d n o t , e v e n i n t i m e s o f f i n a n c i a l

s t r i n g e n c y , h u r t t h e p o o r e s t p e o p l e i n t h e c o m m u n i t y .

' Y e t o n l y t h r e e y e a r s l a t e r t h e Wr an G o v e r n me n t has s l a s h e d e me r g e n c y

r e l i e f c a u s i n g many i n d i v i d u a l s and f a m i l i e s t o go w i t h o u t f o o d . '

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2 / - P h i l i p R u d d o c k M . P .

1 O n e d o e s n o t h a v e t o l o o k f a r w i t h i n o u r o w n c o m m u n i t y t o f i n d a g e n c i e s

a t t h e i r w i t s e n d b e c a u s e t h e y ' s i m p 1 y d o n o t k n o w h o w t h e y w i l l c o n t i n u e

t o h e l p t h e i n c r e a s i n g n u m b e r o f p e o p l e f o r w h o m t h e o n g o i n g g o v e r n m e n t

a r g u m e n t s i m p l y m e a n s m o r e d i s t r e s s a n d h a r d s h i p . '