Media Release - Labor pledges more support for Kingsford Smith locals in financial hardship

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including a $661,000 commitment in Kingsford Smith.

Labor will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief organisations over the next four years and provide $661,000 to the Daceyville-based Sydney Multicultural Community Services (Sydney MCS).

Sydney MCS is a not-for-profit organisation with nearly 40 years of experience in providing support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, including the aged, newly arrived migrants, refugees and those in crisis.

Labor Member for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the funding commitment will help deliver more vital support for the local community.

“Sydney MCS has done amazing work since starting as the Botany Migrant Resource Centre in 1981. The volunteers and staff play a crucial role in working closely with locals from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

“But the charities and not-for-profits in our community are now increasingly stretched and need more support. This additional commitment of $661,000 will help ensure Sydney MCS can continue supporting some of the most vulnerable families in Kingsford Smith,” Mr Thistlethwaite added.

This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for the services our community needs, or more cuts and chaos from the Liberals.

The Morrison Government is cutting the funding for many emergency relief services at the end of the year.

These services provide support to vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn by providing food hampers, funding for fuel to attend specialist medical appointments and other financial assistance.

A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:

• Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country. 
• Expanding low-cost alternatives to pay day loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.
• Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much-needed top up to the emergency relief sector.

Many vulnerable Australians are falling through the cracks. Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians. 

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote Labor.

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