Federal Emergency Relief Funding

Mr RICHARDSON — We have another campaign on our doorstep now. It is about the federal government’s decision to cut vital emergency relief funding to some community services not only in my electorate but across Victoria. Emergency relief funding is vital for vulnerable families — people doing it tough. It might be that an organisation can provide a food voucher, which makes all the difference in the month. The federal Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, who is based in Mentone, has heard from these community organisations, the Mentone Community Assistance & Information Bureau and the Chelsea Benevolent Society, which will have to consider closing their doors because of the funding cut. I call on the federal government to reconsider this decision. We are not going anywhere.