dogs. making me want to keep living since forever.
Beagle Puppy Plays with Rottweiler
Wrestlers at the Gay Games, 2006
and now for some more absolutely shithouse news….
THE Queensland Government has axed funding for a service offering support to some of the state’s most disadvantaged women.
Sisters Inside had relied on $120,000-a-year in state funding to provide counselling and support services to women prisoners at the Townsville Correctional Centre, many of them indigenous.
The outreach service was set up 18 months ago after a woman committed suicide within the prison.
But the contract will not be renewed when it expires next month, as the Newman Government continues attempts to cut costs and bring the state’s Budget back into the black.
Sisters Inside chief executive officer Debbie Kilroy said she was shocked when new Communities director-general Margaret Allison delivered the news during a meeting today.
“Post-relief services and services throughout the prison system are really important to engage with the women so they don’t commit other offences and come back to prison,” Ms Kilroy said.
“And it’s only $120,000 a year, when we save hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Government by women not committing further crimes and coming back to prison or their children are returned so then Child Safety aren’t involved, court services aren’t involved.”
Ms Kilroy said she had no choice but to wind up the popular outreach service, which had already helped 188 women in the first quarter of this year.
“The trauma in that prison 80 per cent are Aboriginal women, over 90 per cent can’t read or write, they are totally isolated, they are victims of very serious physical and sexual violence from a very young age that hasn’t been addressed,” she said.
“A lot are in there because they have defended themselves in a violent relationship and in that context committed an offence themselves or they’re there for summary offences, minor stuff, that’s accumulated because of the alcoholism.”
Comment has been sought from Communities Minister Tracy Davis.
i’ve never felt as simultaneously fulfilled and desolate at 1am on a friday morning in my life
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