from @SenatorLudlam & @RachelSiewert What #budget means for WA people & enviro suffer

Tony Abbott has just delivered his first budget and as expected, people and the environment are the biggest losers.

Not only is this a disappointing budget, it’s also full of contradictions. While taking every single cent possible off low-income earners, it seems that billionaire corporations have been completely let off the hook. While pushing more people onto Newstart and into poverty, Tony Abbott has agreed to continue subsiding the fossil fuel industry at a cost of $3.9 billion a year. When Tony Abbott said that everyone would have to chip-in, he was clearly not telling the truth.

On 9 June join us to do something about that.

While we’re still looking through all the details, here’s what the budget will mean for you in WA:

  • Rolling out the user pays system from $7 payment to visit doctor to completely deregulating universities.
  • More pressure on both old and young – the pension age will be raised to 70 by 2035, while young people, particularly those with a partial disability, are pushed onto dismally low payments.
  • Reducing FTB-B thresholds, changes to Newstart and new indexation rates will hit single parents the hardest, while support payments like the education supplement have been cut.
  • 1200 new affordable rental homes will be axed in WA while there is nothing in the budget for homelessness or to deal with the housing crisis.
  • 866 million are set aside to be spent on bulldozing the Beeliar Wetlands by building Roe Highway through them, and to turn Stock Road and High Street into motorways.
  • 43.5 million in cuts to ABC and SBS.

This budget is bad news, but we’ve got to keep fighting. That’s why we’ve organised a get-together where we’ll be able to talk about what community action we can take to respond. Will you join us on 9 June when we’ll talk about the budget in more detail?

It’s also disappointing to see that Tony Abbott’s first budget has failed to deliver the long term structural reforms that address critical challenges like global warming. Instead of investing in a renewable energy future he is axing ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) – which has invested $22.6m in WA projects so far and we are becoming a global embarrassment by turning our backs on renewables where jobs and innovation lies. Instead of being at the front of the pack when it comes to addressing global warming, Tony Abbott has relegated us to the back of it.

Will you join us on the 9 June for a strategy meeting to talk about what we can do in WA to stand up to Tony Abbott and his agenda?

We know that people in WA want a society where you can afford to go to the doctor, where disability and social services are supported, and where our environment is protected for future generations. The only way we’ll be able to build that future is if we work together.

See you on 9 June?

Yours in determination

Rachel and Scott
Australian Greens Senators for Western Australia

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