In the Treasurer’s 2018 Federal Budget Speech there wasn’t a single mention of Australian women. There is nothing in the Budget that directly addresses women’s structural economic disadvantage.
This government has failed to secure a National Housing and Homelessness Agreement with the states means federal funding for women’s refuges and homelessness services is in question from 1 July.
Remote Indigenous housing has been cut by $1.5 billion, despite remote First Nations women being significantly over-represented as users of homelessness services.
Almost 100,000 families will be worse off because of changes to Family Tax Benefit Part A and 279,000 families will be worse off with the introduction of the Child Care Subsidy.
Five years after the Liberals scrapped the women’s budget statement, and following repeated calls from Labor and the women’s sector to bring it back, the Government released three short fact sheets. This was window dressing on a Budget that forgot women. It’s not a statement of the impact of the Budget on women. It’s certainly not gender responsive budgeting.
This is not a budget that works for women. After five years of Liberal Budgets, Australian women are worse off than they were in 2013.
Labor Women’s Budget Statement – 2018_ALP_WBS_low_res_