Social media erupted with disappointment after Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was delivered.
Inaction on climate change, failure to address the concerns of women and the jobs that they have lost due to COVID-19, the timing of tax cuts for the rich and, of course, the failure to adequately address unemployed older workers were just some of the key issues people found.
Below, we share a number of points of view from the twittersphere.
Brutal if you’re an older unemployed worker tonight.
— Luke Hilakari (@lhilakari) October 6, 2020
It is unconscionable that the Government did not include a permanent increase to #JobSeeker in the budget.
If we can fund billions of dollars worth of tax cuts for the wealthy we can ensure that no one in this country is living in poverty. #Budget2020
— Rachel Siewert (@SenatorSiewert) October 6, 2020
I’m not going to pretend I understand The Budget.
I’ve forgotten a lot about maths, I’ll stay in my lane.
But do you know what I haven’t forgotten? Women.
— Dr Peter Morris (@drpete00) October 6, 2020
This made me spit my drink out in laughter.
Left hand: “we’ll address climate change”
Right hand: “Gas Basins!”
— Rami Mandow (@CosmicRami) October 6, 2020
Frydenberg boasts about tax cuts, but the facts are:
Millionaires get $2,500, the working poor get $250 and the unemployed get a kick in the teeth.
This $ should be going to build schools, hospitals, and public housing. Instead, it’s going to the super-wealthy.#Budget2020
— Adam Bandt (@AdamBandt) October 6, 2020
Women have lost the majority of jobs and hours in #COVID19. They have been the frontline of the crisis in health, education and retail (and in their own families). They deserved better than they have been treated by government in #budget2020. #disappointed #again
— Rae Cooper (@Raecooper1) October 6, 2020
Huge income tax cuts go to those who won the economic lottery during the recession & kept their jobs & incomes
Cuts to the poor suckers who lost their jobs & had hours cut during the recession with little prospect of getting their jobs back
What an odd priority #Budget2020
— Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk) October 6, 2020
There are massive tax handouts to big business in this budget even though so many don’t even pay their fair share of tax. This is money we lose for aged care, health care and education #Budget2020
— Sally McManus (@sallymcmanus) October 6, 2020
#Budget2020. A great opportunity to rebuild a fairer more resilient economy. And yet no plan for full employment, nothing for women, no increase to Newstart, no plan for childcare, uni sector still up sh*t creek, as is resi aged care & nothing to tackle the climate emergency!
— Ged Kearney (@gedkearney) October 6, 2020
What do you think? Have the social commentators nailed the feeling of all Australians on Budget 2020?