Funding cuts to the Tweed Valley Women’s Service are expected to be debated in NSW parliament on March 9, after a petition led by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) reached 10,000 signatures.
Debate is automatically triggered after a petition reaches 10,000 signatures.
Mrs Elliot says the service ‘has provided counselling, accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic violence for more than 30 years.’
She is calling on both north coast National Party MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George to ‘come clean and speak in this debate’ and ‘explain to our community why funding was unfairly cut to this service.’
‘We have a domestic-violence crisis across this nation and here on the north coast we have Nationals state MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George who have refused to help. As both state members have shown they are unwilling and unable to do the job they were elected to do, I launched the petition demanding the NSW government restore funding to the Tweed Valley Women’s Service,’ Justine said.
Local Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) told The Echo she is ‘seeking leave to speak on this in parliament’
n Comment was sought from Mr Provest.