Monday, November 26, 2012

More public squalor

Another week, another sexual abuse service in crisis due to funding cuts from the government - this time in Manawatu. Manawatu's Abuse and Rape Crisis support group has had to cut hours and staff due to uncertainty about government funding. And as the Greens point out, this is part of a nationwide trend, where such services are systematically de-funded by the government and so being forced to cut services or even shut down.

Its an appalling example of the public squalor that has emerged under National. Emergency services which make a real difference to people's lives are being cut. Meanwhile, the government wastes billions on tax cuts for the rich and pollution subsidies to dirty industries. But I guess rich white men benefit from them. Who benefits from rape crisis centres? Clearly no-one who matters to National.