2016 FEDERAL BUDGET MUST ADOPT EQUITY AS ITS CHIEF GUIDING PRINCIPLE
Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Australian Government to use equity as its chief guiding principle as it develops the 2016-17 Federal Budget.
Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, has called on the Australian Government to invest in communities, families and individuals in order to strengthen social cohesion, participation and wellbeing.
“In its last two Budgets this Government has made $1billion in cuts to vital community services, resulting in greater hardship for the most vulnerable people” Ms Mogg said.
“If the Government thinks we need any future expenditure cuts they should be directed at those sectors of society that have the means and the opportunity to support themselves.
“Further cuts to the income and support services available to vulnerable Australians will not result in mutually desired increases in employment, economic and social participation.
“Cuts to income and support services will only put more people at undue risk of becoming entrenched in poverty and disadvantage and that will only cost the economy more in the long term.
“The Dropping off the Edge 2015 report clearly showed that there were already a number of communities in Australia experiencing persistent and complex entrenched disadvantage.
“High levels of unemployment, low levels of income and education, housing stress, and high incidences of family violence and criminal offending are consistently present in these communities.
“All these factors combined, form a web of disadvantage severely limiting the life opportunities of individuals over successive generations.
“Designing a Budget that enables the social and economic participation of the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society is the only way to enhance economic growth and productivity in the future.
“Catholic Social Services Australia will remain vigilant in advocating for fair and balanced policies that ensure that the most vulnerable in our community have access to their share of Australia’s common good.
“The success of the 2016-17 Budget and any future changes to our tax system will be judged by how the measures address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in our society,” Ms Mogg said.
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