ABC Sunday Nights with John Cleary on day one of Australia’s Federal Election campaign.
Only five days after the Federal Budget we are at the beginning of one of the longest election campaigns in Australian history.
Just so we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves first up tonight we are going to be looking at the Federal Budget, particularly as it affects those agencies linked to church and welfare services.
We are joined by representatives of the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches, to assess the impact of the budget on their service delivery and on the people they serve.
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In responding to the Federal Budget, Marcelle Mogg, Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) CEO said:
“Vulnerable Australians have again been overlooked in this third Federal Budget from the Coalition Government. The 2016-17 Budget provides tax cuts to the rich and service cuts to the rest. This Budget has given tax relief to those earning over $80K. This measure will cost $4 billion which could have been spent on investment in families and communities.”
“Australia has an estimated 600,000 children living in poverty and this Budget offers them little hope. If the Government invested in these children’s families directly they could have secured the future of the children and stimulated the economy.”
“For the third year running, this government offers nothing to those who are homeless or experiencing significant housing stress. Securing the basics in life – a house, an education, and health care – are increasingly beyond the means of average Australians, and impossible for those on low incomes. The successive failure of this government to address Australia’s housing crisis, rental affordability and rising homelessness is a disgrace. A long term strategy and binding agreement between the Commonwealth and States and Territories is needed to ensure all people have a home.” Continue reading