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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 599


Senator WATERS (Queensland) (12:35): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 611 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

Senator WATERS: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) That the Federal Government appointed Ms Rosie Batty Australian of the Year for 2015,

(ii) Ms Batty's call for investment into preventing violence against women and for long term secure funding for specialist women's domestic violence services,

(iii) the Inaugural Asia Pacific conference on Gendered Violence and Violations currently taking place in Sydney,

(iv) the Federal Government's $43 million cuts to the legal assistance sector, including to community legal centres, legal aid, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services announced in December 2013,

(v) the Federal Government's $44 million cut to capital expenditure on new shelters and emergency accommodation under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness announced in the May Budget,

(vi) that funding for domestic violence services under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness is set to expire on 1 July 2015,

(vii) the Federal Government's $21 million cut to housing and homelessness peak bodies announced 3 days before Christmas, in December 2014, and

(viii) ongoing funding uncertainty for Family Violence Prevention Legal Services; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to reverse funding cuts to domestic violence services and guarantee funding certainty.