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Budget cuts risk leaving people behind

Feb 3, 2014, 09:00 AM by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia’s 2014-15 Budget Submission reflects its view that many of the most marginalised members of Australian society are at risk of being left behind, and their potential contribution lost to the Australian community.

“In the main, what we propose are small measures that would have a big impact on improving the self-sufficiency of the people and the sectors that they target,” Anglicare Australia Executive Director, Kasy Chambers said today.

“Our proposals address the income support system with a focus on combatting child poverty, cutting red tape for the Not-for-Profit sector, and taking the first steps towards addressing structural inequity in the fundamental areas of housing and superannuation.

“Any expenditure cuts ought to be directed to the sectors of society which are highly profitable, where people are comfortably well off, and where government is funding what people can reasonably be expected to do for themselves.

“Our proposals are underpinned by our understanding that many of those we work with across Australia are marginalised and increasingly left behind.

“We understand that Australia faces fiscal constraint and are well aware of Australian Government initiatives looking at public spending and revenue.

“However, whatever these constraints, the government’s responsibility must be to bring those people along with the rest of the country.

“We are particularly concerned that the conversation about the reform of the structure of welfare is becoming one about the quantum of welfare, which is quite a different matter. While the absolute number of people receiving Newstart may have increased, for example, they constitute a decreasing proportion of the population.

“In our Budget Submission we support the simplification of the welfare system but not punitive measures pushing people into jobs that aren’t there.”