The Federal Budget is a reflection of the vision and values of the government of the day. So what does the 2018 Budget say about Australia’s current leadership and the direction it’s setting for our nation?
How the Budget measures up:
That Newstart remains frozen is a major disappointment. Like many in business, including the Business Council of Australia, we believe that the low level of assistance currently being provided to the unemployed does not act as an incentive for people to find themselves a job, but instead it reduces them to a level of poverty which makes it more difficult to find work.
Furthermore, we believe that such punitive assistance levels will have an adverse long-term effect on their morale, self-confidence and physical and mental wellbeing, as well as that of their children: the difficulties of living in economic hardship have been associated with deficits in cognitive and academic performance, impacting on the cost of public health and the capacity of future generations.
Australia21 has unpacked the policy decisions and the messages they convey, as well as the post-Budget commentary. Read on for Chair Paul Barratt’s verdict against four key priorities:
- Reducing inequality
- Enhancing the nation’s resilience
- Meaningful action on climate change
- Preparing the nation to be competitive in the 21st Century
You can read the full blog here, Budget 2018: Lacking vision and values.
SOURCE: “Budget 2018: Lacking vision and values.” Australia21 [website viewed 15 May 2018]
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