Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann is calling on ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja to stand up for Karralika’s Family Program, after the Abbott Government announced an end to its funding.
In a cruel blow just days before Christmas, Karralika received a letter from the Department of Social Services informing the centre that funding for its Child and Family Program will cease as at 28 February 2015.
Senator Seselja told 666 ABC breakfast radio this morning he was unaware of the funding cut that will force the closure of the region's only residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for families affected by addiction.
“Senator Seselja constantly claims ignorance about the damage the Abbott Government is inflicting on the ACT,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“It’s time he stood up for the Canberra community by writing to the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, demanding the continuation of this funding.
“I wrote to the Minister in October urging him not to carry out these cuts, and I will continue to campaign against this short-sighted and unfair decision.
“I have also met with the CEO of Karralika regarding this disappointing funding cut.
“Minister Morrison claims that critical front-line services will not be affected by these cuts – however Karralika is considered a critical front-line service by stakeholder and referral agencies.”