I know I’ve managed to keep this place politics-free for a little while.
But this budget just keeps grinding away at me.
Where is the ENCOURAGEMENT to be a better person, a better nation? To support one-another (students, those fresh out of uni, the shot- and longer-term unemployed, people with disabilities, families, the older people who’ve give so damn much to society) to better ourselves individually? Where’s the carrot? It’s all stick.
How does a grown adult whose managed to complete Uni, but finds themselves in the THIRTY percent of graduates who can’t get a full time job in 4 months of finishing uni support themselves when their benefits get cut off the second they walk off campus?
How does a woman ever pay off her “HECS” once it starts accruing interest if she’s lucky enough to have a baby or two?
(sokay, it might be fine once she dies and those kids have to pay it [yeah out of date, but I wouldn't put it past them!!])
How does someone who lives off casual wage – enough to pay rent and so on, enough to not consistently qualify for benefits or a concession card, but never enough for the unexpected, pay the $7 GP fee, plus the extra for prescriptions, as well as take time off from work because they’re sick? I’ve been a casual worker, and not just in hospitality, in a professional role as a speech pathologist, and weighing up whether to go in sick or not is an added stress I really don’t like dealing with.
Oh yeah, those of you who had a Costelllo baby. You know, one fore dad, one for mum, one for the country, and liked that Costello and Howard flicked you some money to help you out? Yeah, not this decade. Sorry guys, you get to pay the way for those over 6ers yourself. You know, if mum can find a 9:30 to 2:30 job somewhere so all the money she earns doesn’t go on daycare.
Or maybe you were relying on the NDIS to have continued funding so your job that your preciously state-funded job might still exist into the future? (add to that Gonksi, or secular “chaplains”)
Oh there’s a billion things, like cutting legal aid for vulnerable kids, women, indigenous people and refugees…. or deregulation of universities, or the constant reassessment if people on disability support
I could go on.
But I’m tired.
And really, where IS the problem?