Families, new mums, pensioners and young people in Lingiari are all in the firing line as a result of the latest rounds of harsh cuts contained in the Omnibus Bill which the Turnbull Government continues to pursue in Parliament.
“This Bill will hurt pensioners, families, new mums, young Australians, while holding childcare assistance and the national disability insurance scheme to ransom,” Mr Snowdon said.
Young people from remote parts of the Territory moving for study will be particularly hard hit by these changes. Already faced with having their Sunday penalty rates cut, they are now being moved onto the lower Youth Allowance payment, making it all the more difficult to afford rent, food and textbooks.
“How is a kid from Tennant Creek who moves to Darwin, Sydney or Melbourne for uni meant to get the degree they need to get a good job when they are being hit with a $48 per week reduction in their Centrelink payment, as well as potentially seeing their Sunday rates cut?” Mr Snowdon said.
Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition want to:
- Cut Family Tax Benefits – the Government has admitted that these cuts will leave 1.5 million families worse off. Around 11000 families in Lingiari receive FTB Part A, many of whom will be worse off by $200 per child. Around 9600 families will lose $354 as a result of the abolition of the FTB Part B End of Year Supplement.
- These cuts add up for families. For example a family with two children and a single income of $60,000 will be $750 worse off per year. A single parent with an income of $60,000 and a 17 year old in high school would be over $3,300 worse off per year.
- Cut the Energy Supplement to pensioners, people with disability, carers and Newstart recipients. Scrapping the Energy Supplement to new pensioners will be a cut of $14.10 per fortnight to single pensioners or $365 a year. Couple pensioners will be $21.20 a fortnight worse off or around $550 a year worse off.
- Force young jobseekers to wait five weeks for Newstart
- Cut support to Young People – Young people aged between 22 and 24 will be pushed from Newstart on to Youth Allowance, losing around $48 a week, or almost $2,500 a year.
- Cuts to Paid Parental Leave – 70,000 new mums will have their Paid Parental Leave cut by an average of $5,600.
- Scrap the Pensioner Education Supplement and Education Entry Payment.
- Cuts to migrant pensioners
People in Lingiari are sick and tired of the Turnbull Government’s relentless cuts to their household budget.
“People in remote communities are already faced with a higher cost of living than the vast majority of Australians, and now they are faced with being placed at further disadvantage,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Turnbull says he wants to help families with the cost of living but he’s slashing support to local families.
$750 might not sound like much to Malcolm Turnbull, but for local families that makes a big difference. These cuts really show how out of touch Mr Turnbull really is.
He wants rip money from the pockets of ordinary families and at the same time give a $50 billion handout to big business. He just doesn’t get fairness.
“Malcolm Turnbull supports a wage cut for 700,000 Australians on penalty rates and he is cutting the guts out of support for families. At the same time he is giving a $50 billion tax cut to his big business mates.” Mr Snowdon said
Labor will continue to stand up for every day Australians in opposing these harsh cuts at a time where inequality is at 75 year high.