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Election is now the best chance for the government to deliver on its social inclusion agenda
May 11, 2010
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, said tonight’s budget did not deliver on the Government’s social inclusion agenda.
“The Government is rightly proud of Australia’s robust recovery from the Global Financial Crisis,” Ms Helyar said.
“But Australia needs an equally robust approach to supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
“This budget really hasn’t delivered on the things we thought the Government was committed to, given their ambitious social policy reform agenda.
“We needed to see an income support system that gives everyone a chance for a decent life, adequate income and the right kind of supports to get them back into work if that’s what they’re able to do.
“Older people need better services.
“Funding must reflect the cost of services.
“People need to be able to access more flexible services and better support for families and carers at home.
“Erosion of the funding to social services must stop and social services need to be supported to gain a stronger footing to actually deliver more help for unmet needs.
“UnitingCare Australia looks to the coming election for the Government to deliver fully on its commitment to transformative social policy that ensures all Australians can have a decent life and people get the help they need to participate and belong,“ Ms Helyar concluded.