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Tony Abbott’s cuts directly hurt Aboriginal children – The Guardian

Indigenous specialist services have been slashed by a tidal wave of cuts. This has a direct impact on the health and safety of thousands of Aboriginal children

19 February 2014

Tony Abbott has told Australians to prepare for pain in the upcoming May budget, with wide ranging cuts to social services anticipated. The mid year fiscal report released last December removed any doubt that Abbott will target the most vulnerable, and some of the cuts which have been already announced will hurt Aboriginal communities very badly – and particularly Aboriginal children.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Support and Learning Inc (AECSL), a NSW organisation which has been funded by the federal government for over two decades, received an email one week before Christmas explaining that all of their funding will be withdrawn. Similar agencies in other states have also been cut.

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