Meeting With Politicians

We have been busy meeting and briefing politicians and Ministerial advisors about our work, our future plans for women who are homeless and our concerns about funding for our work with women, with and without children, who are escaping family violence.

Our Chair Denis Moriarty and CEO Jocelyn Bignold have met with advisors to the Premier of Victoria and the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing about funding for the new Women’s Accommodation Facility as well as mental health funding.

Through Ben Carroll, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice, we met with six MPs representing Melbourne’s west to discuss funding for the new building project, support for our High Tea Appeal and our solutions for women’s homelessness and family violence.

Many thanks to MPs Ben, Marsha Thomson, Danny Pearson, Khalil Eideh, Don Nardella and Natalie Suleyman for the stimulating conversation.

We were pleased to welcome Ellen Sandell, MP for Melbourne, to McAuley House in May for the launch of our High Tea Appeal. After the formalities were finished, we took time to update her on our employer education program, Engage to Change,as well as the new building project.

Denis Moriarty, McAuley Care team and Jocelyn Bignold were pleased to show Fiona Richardson (pictured), Minister for Women and for the Prevention of Family Violence, our safe house in early June . We had a wide ranging conversation and took the opportunity to explain the value of the crisis service compared to motel rooms, and the need for funding for more 24/7 accessible safe houses around Victoria, using our model and approach to working with women and children escaping family violence.