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Speech: Domestic violence

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:06): How wonderful was the news that Rosie Batty was to be the Australian of the Year. It was a most important decision. The Baird Liberal government in New South Wales, however, is not doing enough to protect the women and children fleeing from domestic violence. When you look at what is happening in my home state you really wonder if they have listened to the Australian of the Year.

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Retain funding for specialist women-only services - Senate backs Greens motion

Lee Rhiannon 28 Aug 2014

The Australian Senate today passed a Greens motion calling on state and federal governments to retain funding for specialist women-only services to allow them to offer independent, high quality and culturally appropriate services.

"It is truly shameful that the NSW Liberal government is forcing the closure of several women's refuges in NSW while other will see their services cut back.

"More than 25 women-only refuges in NSW have had their funding cut by the state Liberal/National government.

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