Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
The newly elected conservative Coalition (the LNP) in Queensland is on a mission to hew and hack money off public programs in order to strait-jacket a supposedly unhinged deficit.
The Campbell Newman led Coalition has only been in power for a few weeks, yet their axes are overheating with the frenzied chopping and felling.
One of the first healthy trees to be felled was the Queensland Association of Healthy Communities. The agency has been stripped of its total Government funding of $2.5 million per annum. The money is to be sucked back into a Ministerial Advisory Group that will be established to review general HIV strategies.
This agency, formerly known as the Queensland AIDS Council, found out about the fatal cut via the media. This cut means the total withdrawal of all the funds for gay men’s HIV prevention activities via the agency.
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