A lightweight and meaningless Budget
“This year’s Budget is lightweight, with next to nothing on what we see as the vital issues – affordable housing, secure work and adequate income,” Anglicare Australia Executive Director, Kasy Chambers said today.
“No homes for the homeless, only tinkering to taxation and the benefits are still mostly for the big end of town.
“The superannuation changes are a step in the right direction; removing government subsidy for people with very high incomes and providing a bit of support for those at the other end. However, it doesn’t do enough - those with minimum wages and a broken work pattern will not see any real difference.
“The emphasis on pathways out of youth unemployment is also welcome, although it comes at the cost of other employment programs.
“NDIS is a similar story - robbing Peter to pay Paul – with a savings plan to be funded by Carers, and those on DSP and other benefits. That’s pretty mean.
“Australia has a proud culture of equality, but this is being sorely tested.
“This Budget hasn’t really delivered outcomes for the common good, and there are still large sections of our community being left behind, for all the smoke and mirrors that suggest otherwise.”