The Guardian • Issue #2099

Federal Budget has ‘a hole in its heart’

  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2099

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The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) has described the Federal Budget as having a hole in its heart.  On one hand, the budget will give “eyewatering tax cuts” to the wealthiest people in the country, but at the same time it denies increases in income support to more than one million people on JobSeeker or Youth Allowance, both well below the poverty line.

Commonwealth Rent Assistance will be increased by $9.40 a week, leaving private renters receiving JobSeeker in “deep housing stress.” ACOSS said that the government had failed to take the bold action required to address the housing crisis.

Housing NGO Everybody’s Home, would agree, saying that the Budget “will keep pushing up housing costs for Australians who are already battling a brutal housing market,” adding that if the Budget were to seriously tackle the housing crisis, the government would “stop using unfair tax handouts to prop up landlords and investors.”

Next week, the Guardian will have a complete analysis of the Federal Budget.

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