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A stronger economy for the haves, but little hope for the have nots
May 8, 2018
UnitingCare Australia tonight welcomes the government’s commitment to older Australians and their care. The extra 14,000 home-care packages go some way to relieving the pain for those 105,000 people still waiting for support. The many other measures in More Choices for a Longer Life package such as the rural and remote initiatives, indigenous funding, investment in mental health services, and the $50 million Quality Care Fund are all positive and reflect the growing ageing demographic in the community.
“There is still much more to be done for our ageing population to ensure a viable, sustainable aged care system for the future,” UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said.
Despite this good news, however, UnitingCare Australia is deeply disturbed to find no increase in the Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance, widely acknowledged by many to be grossly inadequate.
The tougher measures on refugees and newly arrived migrants are also of great concern, as is the absence of measures to address extreme social and economic disadvantage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The budget talks about a sustainable social security system but no social or environmental sustainability. It will amplify, not reduce growing inequality which has already exceeded the threshold where it acts as a brake on the economy.
“This budget means more of the have-nots are destined to be the never haves,” said Ms Little.