Was the Budget fair? This is what you told us

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We asked for your assessment of the Federal Budget and found many believed it was fair given the times we live in – with some exceptions.


Buggsie: This is an election budget, full of promises and short on real action. It’s likely to fall apart if further health issues related to COVID-19 occur. Business will take all it can get, keep as much as possible, employ as few casual workers as they can get away with, and pay as little as possible. Most people, if they have any common sense, will save any gains to prepare for future lean times ahead …

PlanB: I am one that is STILL awaiting home care and have been for 15 months now and a dear friend of mine died last week – waited 18 months and still had not got any care at all. It is a bloody disgrace …

Alec: What about pushing for an increase in the income threshold for people over 65 years of age to enable them to get the Commonwealth Seniors Card and the Health Care Card … and ensure greater access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Seheme?

Andrew: In relation to being a mature age worker aged 58, who has been unemployed now for 12 months after 35 years in one industry, I can’t get a job interview. I have no intention of returning to my old industry (auto repairs and servicing) because of customers, so trying to change industry adds to my dilemma. I’m lucky if I get a response to an application!

Farside: Some heroic assumptions on those job forecasts. The rich won’t spend the tax cuts on more services, small businesses struggling to make payroll are not going to invest and employ in absence of increased demand, meanwhile the capital intensive industries and shareholders are chuckling all the way to the bank.

Jim: Fair budget. Some will complain that certain areas were not helped enough, some will complain that tax cuts have gone to the wrong end of town. At the end of the day, most have got something. I think one area could and should have benefitted from the downturn in the economy, and that would have been in public housing. I am a firm believer that governments should be building houses for older Australians that have fallen through the cracks for a variety of reasons. The building of the houses would create jobs, and older people would pay rent at an affordable rate and not be subject to the ridiculous rise in rents that happens every time there is a small increase in the pension …

deepred: This is as good as we could possibly hope for in this one-off difficult climate. Some people will always want more (we got next to nothing as self-funded retirees other than a few dollars [in] future tax saving) but overall I think it’s pretty generous. Only complaint might be a wish for more home-based care packages, but we can’t have everything.

Suddha: In these difficult times, I believe the Budget is spot on. Getting jobs back is very important.

Sophie: Not everyone will be pleased, however, all things considered, I think it’s a pretty fair budget. Having said that, I am disappointed social housing was not one of the winners.

Everyday girl: Why is it that people are complaining about older people not getting jobs or help, we should be concentrating on getting young people into the work force not sitting on their backsides collecting money for nothing. Of course Labor have BOOED it, not that they would have done better …

BigAl: It doesn’t matter what the government does, greedy Aussies will want more. It doesn’t matter if you vote Liberal or Labor anymore, it’s the same stupid insane policies. Might as well get a helicopter and fly over the country dropping money … No reward for working hard!! If you keep rewarding stupidity you’ll get more of it in spades!! Whatever happened to tolerance, respect and humility?

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Total Comments: 11
  1. 0

    No, the budget was a lot of talk and no real action– they try and make themselves look good but when you look into it deeply it is NOT working one such as helping with apprentices for one year! — an apprentice takes 4 to 5 years — NOT ONE
    And that’s just one of the things thrown around that will not work like they hope it LOOKS like

    • 0

      The Labor response was infinitely worse!

    • 0

      Sure was, KSS. Give couples on over half a million a year income more to pay for childcare so the women can work more days in jobs that, if they exist at all, would be better filled by people who genuinely need a job – not by a parent who could be at home giving their child a better start in life and making the family healthier and happier.

      Spending a fortune on electricity infrastructure doesn’t make much sense to me when we are moving steadily toward a very different power distribution model (community solar batteries, for example).

  2. 0

    Everyday girl hit on something worthwhile. No point trying to get old people into the workforce, we are on the way out. It is the young with a future should be looked after job wise. If you do not have something interesting to do and just collect dole money you will never get off your butt again after a few years. You see that now when no one wants to harvest produce.

  3. 0

    BigAl nailed it. No reward for effort. If you keep rewarding stupidity you’ll get more stupidity.

    Farside contradicted himself completely. No, the rich won’t spend the tax cuts and small business struggling to make payroll won’t invest and employ while there is no increased demand, but how on earth does he think shareholders can chuckle when the economy is going bad? Shares might be holding temporarily, but when there is no demand and no growth, there are no dividends and share values fall.

  4. 0

    No this proves that the Federal Government lied there was no help for older workers to get off Jobseeker and also there was nothing in the stimulus packages to keep them in the workforce come the next Federal Election Vote Albo in as prime Minister as least he will do better than scomo and josh who are liars and need to be taught a lesson at the ballot box

    • 0

      Yep. Albo will give huge handouts to families on $500,000 a year to enable the wife to desert her kids and work more hours without having to pay for childcare. That’ll fix things!

  5. 0

    It’s what is written in the small print that you have to read to ensure that what they are promising actually happens. So, despite promising tax cuts it has been shown, in the small print, that most of these have already been given over the last couple of years thus most people will not be getting the cuts they expect.

  6. 0

    In Albies Budget reply that no one has mentioned if labor get in from July the 1st 2021 we will get International Pension what 90% of us want

  7. 0

    The budget was just throwing money in the hope it will do something, but there was no indication of how they are going to fund any of the spending.

    The biggest problem is a larger portion is going to those that don’t need the money!



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