THE HON MICHAEL DANBY MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR MELBOURNE PORTS
Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten asked in Question Time today why the Government had cut $234,000 of funding from the Mirabel Foundation. This federal funding is due to end 30 June 2015.
In reply, Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison announced that the Department of Security Services grants program was being ‘extended for existing front line service providers’ whose funding was announced as being cut last year. Mr Morrison further invited members to write to him about such organisations in their electorates.
Mr Danby has therefore written to Mr Morrison about the Mirabel Foundation, urging the Government to ensure that its funding will be continued into the next financial year.
Mr Danby said, “It’s a shame that the Government saw fit to savagely cut the funding of such important organisations like the Mirabel Foundation. However, I welcome the Government’s willingness to reconsider this funding cut, and I look forward to the Minister’s positive response.
The Mirabel Foundation supports children and families suffering from the impact of drug abuse. It is an Australian Children’s Charity established in Victoria in 1998 and extended into New South Wales in 2003. It is the only organisation in Australia specifically addressing the needs of children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use. After 16 years of federal funding, Mirabel is set to become a casualty of the Abbott Government’s budget cuts.
In the last year of the Labor Government, the Mirabel Foundation received $660,000 of federal funding under its Family Support Programme.