Vulnerable Australians have again been overlooked in this third Federal Budget from the Coalition Government. The 2016-17 Budget provides tax cuts to the rich and service cuts to the rest. This Budget has given tax relief to those earning over $80K. This measure will cost $4 billion which could have been spent on investment in families and communities.
Community sector organisations, including CSSA, today issued a united call for this year’s Federal Budget to put reducing poverty and inequality at the heart of its purpose. This should be done by prioritising revenue raising measures to fund essential services and jobs growth, rather than by focusing narrowly on cuts to spending and unaffordable tax cuts in an election year.
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s commitment to tackle the enduring and growing problems of inequality, poverty, intergenerational disadvantage and unemployment in Australia.
AUSTRALIA'S POLICY OF DETERRENCE IS UNJUST AND INDEFENSIBLE "Catholic Social Services Australia calls on all people of goodwill in the Australian community to join us in urging all political leaders, in Government and in Opposition, to abandon their current stance of using the most vulnerable people as a deterrent to others, and create immigration policies that uphold the rights and dignity of people seeking asylum.
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.