Another obstacle is the lack of common ground between states. Restrictions and isolations are still in effect and are not expected to be released this year. Especially my state of Victoria, which seems to be on the death list for many with a stubborn government. The continued closing of borders will undermine the success of government expectations, because free travel is a must to be successful.
With the above in mind, today’s budget should have been one of the easiest budgets for any government, with the freedom and ability to begin Australia’s return to a strong, hardworking, and economical state over the next decade.
The chronological delivery of the federal budget sounded fair and sometimes even good, but over time holes began to appear and questions came to mind. This budget just isn’t going to work, it’s going to divide the land into belongings like never before. The weight of the budget was wrong. Middle to older Australia received nothing, no help, no incentive and no confidence in the future.
The core of the budget was employment. Nobody would argue that our unemployment problem is a major concern. The household tries to solve the unemployment of young people through financial incentives for employers. However, as always, employment depends on employers’ ability and willingness to do so. Financial incentives include employing new apprentices and employing workers between the ages of 16 and 35, with employment lasting at least 20 hours. Part-time work, so little change from what has been happening for years.
Businesses large and small now have numerous financial incentives to improve their bottom line in the hopes that businesses can use savings to boost their jobs. To be fair, the budget has some extremely good business incentives, but I doubt they will create expected jobs, especially small businesses that have been breaking up in a long time. Little helps the sole proprietorship, who in many ways is the backbone of our country. The past few times have been the most difficult for this type of business. The husband and wife business team that a person can employ.
Unemployment is given as 6 to 7 percent and is currently 1,008,000 people. This number has been cleaned, massaged, seasonally adjusted, and bears little resemblance to the actual number, which is estimated to double. For all the unemployed, I hope the strategies work, but I have reservations for at least the next few years that they will continue to be tough.
Substantial tax breaks have been granted for so-called middle to high earners, who grant tax breaks of up to $ 2,600 per year. These tax breaks were given with the intent that the extra money in the wage package would be spent to help the economy. Of course that will not happen, these income earners do not spend any money.
More importantly, why a person who makes up to $ 190,000 a year is considered a tax cut by the government when so many people may look back on $ 40 a day. Good people, who are often through no fault of their own, find themselves in an unnatural position. These tax cuts are not justified in current circumstances and a lack of compassion and common sense by the government. Give money to a person who lives on $ 40 a day and it is spent, that’s an absolute guarantee.
There’s so much more to this budget, things that are easily overlooked. The gender equality mark is included and required. The export of plastics, tires and glass for recycling was banned – I think other countries had already banned imports anyway. US $ 250 million has been allocated to help this industry employ 10,000 people. We can always hope that we will get a drop in our rates, I don’t expect.
Another 10,000 home buyers will have the opportunity to buy a home under the low money system with just 5 percent. Sounds very nice, but the price of houses makes this less attractive than it was a few years ago, despite the lowest interest rates ever. One billion dollars is being invested in affordable housing, including $ 150 million in Aboriginal housing. Given the enormous amount of money the government is spending in this budget, I think it would be of greater benefit to spend billions of dollars building adequate government housing on unused crown land. Rents are fixed with the right to buy in the future. This system was used in Britain before World War II and has provided years of continuous work and satisfaction of demand. Not everyone wants to live in a city, and it was gratifying that part of the announced extensive infrastructure work was allocated to regional areas. Victoria missed, however, especially Gippsland. Maybe that was a punishment for Andrews!
The pension scheme and those who tried to increase employers’ contributions were disappointed. There was nothing in the budget other than a reference to the unacceptable fees. As a result, the government set up a “Compare Your Super” hotline to do just that. The budget referred to the fact that there is now $ 3 trillion in funds. I wonder how long a government can resist temptation before taking control of these funds and putting in place a delivery system for contributors. The advantage would be that all debts would be paid off.
I come now to those who have been through everything this country can throw at them. They have had to deal with many changes and often difficulties during their lives. Older people do not naturally ask for much, but what they have is valuable to everyone.
In this household their number has been increased by those over 35 who have not been offered anything tonight, no hope, no future and no trust. Over 35s are family members with kids at school and mortgage-paying who spend most of their time keeping food on the table. There is no time to complain, they are hoping for nothing more than a fair start and continuation of employment, but recently unemployment has increased in this group, bringing with it stress and mental health problems, often of unimaginable proportions.
The chance that people aged 35 and over will find employment is decreasing. Over forty and you might as well be retired. It is clear that the government does not see this staple in their grand recovery plan. There are so many on JobKeeper or JobSeeker and nothing in that budget supports the current payment amounts beyond the next year. It has to be a harrowing position to be in, which leads to serious mental health problems for entire families. Something to reckon with as the government doubled the allowable consultations for aid and provided billions of dollars in mental health funding aid.
An extremely gratifying addition to the household was the addition of a drug for women with ovarian cancer to the PBS system. The drug, which cost thousands of dollars, is now available for $ 6.60 for concessionaires and $ 41 for non-owners. This is probably the best news in the household, and there should be more of it.
Pensioners and the elderly were again practically excluded from the household. As a symbolic gesture, retirees were granted a payment of $ 250 almost in retrospect shortly after Christmas and a further payment of $ 250 in March next year. It seems the payments are supposed to keep oldies calm, and I’m sure there are plenty of retirees out there who will be delighted and grateful for the windfall. However, at the level of the expense, other benefits for the elderly would be considered. For too long, those who live solely on pensions have lived far below the poverty line. For them, life is a struggle, especially when rent has to be paid. This was an ideal opportunity for the government to make adjustments to pension rates that would hardly have created a ripple within budget size but would do so much for the most vulnerable in our society. Gandhi said, “A society is judged by how it treats and shows compassion for those who cannot protect themselves or take care of themselves.” How true, but apparently not in Australia.
The past few months have shown the problems many elderly people suffer from in elderly care. Care facilities need to be safe places where older people can live their lives with dignity and cannot be exploited. The government has included in the budget that 23,000 home equity packages will be made available, which is great but falls far short of the requirements. Many of our elderly people want to volunteer to stay at home, but home care services are inadequate. Home visits by trained, qualified personnel must be carried out and depend on the level of requirement, whether it is one, two or three visits per day. It needs to be taken care of by the state government or local councils, and the government should make the allocation for it. The budget missed the opportunity to make massive changes. Our oldest citizens deserve nothing less. I have major reservations about continuing private elderly care. Elderly care and home care are an obligation that should be reserved for public health care.
Because of our age, many of us will be gone before this country is in surplus. What cannot be qualified is the toll it will take on the nature of our existence at this time. Above all, all states must synchronize our country and reopen it. We need to be open and available for business and take our drug – the vaccine – when it arrives.
I see the budget as a real attempt by the LNP to build trust in our people while pushing for the need for jobs, which of course would help our economy, but it is not enough to divide the country and divide the workforce. It was a high-spending budget, hopefully in the right areas. I certainly don’t think the other side of politics would or could do better. We have to wait now, we should all support the government in its goals and pull together. Last night’s budget was so close, but so far.