March 09, 2017

In another blow to women under the Turnbull Government, federal funding has ceased for the Queensland Working Women’s Service (WWC), which provides support and services to vulnerable women.
Our thoughts are with the women that rely on this service and the workers who put their heart and soul into the work that they do.
The WWCs services are targeted towards vulnerable women who have neither the means nor capacity to access assistance elsewhere. These services are relied upon by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with a disability, and women who live in regional and remote areas.
Losing this funding will see fewer women secure their rightful entitlements, with flow on effects for the ongoing economic security of female employees and their families.
With the funding challenges faced by WWCs nationally and support for cuts to penalty rates that will disproportionately affect their take-home pay, women can be forgiven for thinking the Turnbull Government has something against them.
Australian women face a range of entrenched barriers to equity and do not need further barriers set up by the Turnbull Government.
If “women hold up half the sky”, as Malcolm Turnbull is so fond of saying, then he should withdraw his support of cuts to penalty rates and ensure working women’s centres can continue the advice and advocacy they have provided since 1994.