Scott Morrison’s budget has been greeted as underwhelming, which is probably the way he likes it. There are no real losers, apart from… a basket of deplorables who do not normally vote for the coalition.
As always with federal budgets, the devil is in the detail. Lucky for you we have combed through myriad commentaries to find out what really matters: will you get anything out of the budget?
Dorothy Mullins, Byron Bay Dear editor Random drug testing for welfare recipients? This pearl from Budget 2017 makes the brain spin it raises so many questions: basic human rights; does treatment follow a ‘fail’; how does a failed person survive, turn to... Read More →
Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), said on Monday the budget fight looming at the start 45th Parliament threatens to hurt those on the lowest incomes. ‘The government has announced this week that the... Read More →
A new survey of Australia’s community services sector reveals that 80 per cent of frontline agencies are unable to meet current levels of demand with the resources they have. The biggest gaps in meeting demand are in the areas of... Read More →
Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby. For some time now we have been hearing the mantra that ‘the age of entitlement is over’. It’s Joe Hockey’s signature slogan because, at six words, it is too prolix for Tony Abbott. He prefers such concision as ‘stop the boats’, ‘axe the tax’, ‘ditch the witch’.
Even after 15 hours of surgery my recovery was not entirely beset by hallucinations. But given the amount of kites, balloons, smoke and mirrors emanating from the government about what will and won’t, might and mightn’t, be in the budget, it may as well have been.