‘A shame and a scam’: How some Australians actually feel about the Federal Budget

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‘A shame and a scam’: How some Australians actually feel about the Federal Budget

‘A shame and a scam’: How some Australians actually feel about the Federal Budget

After coronavirus introduced on months of delays, the 2020 Federal Budget has finally been launched.

In a twelve months of social, emotional and financial turmoil for many Australians, a whole lot of folk had been eagerly waiting for the chance of some further toughen.

We requested our Facebook Messenger subscribers how the Budget would receive an designate on them, whether or now now not they had been satisfied with it and what they belief used to be lacking.

That is what they said.

Folk anticipated more for climate and renewables

“How is it that the Australian Executive continues to fail to act on its global and environmental accountability regarding climate change? It’ll be allowing room in the budget for increased steps against true sustainability!

“If the debt is determined to billow out to almost $1 trillion by 2024, we (the government and folk) is perhaps now now not capable of fabricate provisions for climate change and it turns into more unlikely that the government will are desirous to slide the leisure the least bit.”

– Natalie E

“Disappointing to search the Executive continue to disclaim funding for enormous-scale renewable energy technologies. As a teen, this ballooning out of debt, along with the failure to act on climate change, bodes for a tough future.”

– Logan C

“What about reducing our carbon footprint by focusing on jobs in renewable energy production? We can all be losers if our global temperatures eradicate rising as there will likely be droughts and fires. Tourism will furthermore suffer, our natural world and reefs will likely be destroyed.

“The economic system is now now not the supreme half of existence we would like to like as we belief for the long bustle.”

– Laraine H

“I hoped for an announcement on funding for renewable resources, for clear energy, for energy financial savings in the personal homes by design of subsidising dwelling insulation, greater dwelling windows, solar power installations and so on. I was disappointed that most efficient gas used to be mentioned.”

– Milena B

The sun shining on solar panels at the Warwick solar farm.

The Treasurer didn’t keep up a correspondence broadly on climate change commitments while handing over the 2020 budget.(Supplied: UQ)

“Extra cash to enormous industry and the gas foyer, a slap in the face to the climate and these tormented by the bushfires this twelve months. As a teen this deepens my cynicism; we’re out of time and the Executive doesn’t care.”

– Jack M

Incapacity welfare recipients direct they feel ‘shafted’

“This budget, as frequent, is going to most efficient receive an designate on me negatively. As a incapacity pensioner, the 2 payments of $250 which would possibly perhaps presumably presumably be months away will attain nothing to aid with the increased expenses of food and other essentials.

“There would possibly be now now not any fabricate bigger in pension charges the least bit, but all other payments preserve increased (I’m now now not suggesting that Jobseeker payments return to the disgustingly low rate that Newstart used to be, honest correct making the point) and but the pricetag gouging by supermarkets and utility suppliers continues!”

– Cathi S 

“All over again folk with a incapacity compile shafted. That is a government that cares diminutive for basically the most vulnerable.”

– Robert B

“I’m on the DSP. Earlier this twelve months I moved in with my partner who is on JobSeeker, and at the tip of the complement will likely be properly below the poverty line and now now not often in a direct to pickle by. Because I now receive a partnered fee, I’m now furthermore below the poverty line.

“The Executive thinks it’s ok to provide me $500 (a diminutive over the pricetag of 1 specialist appointment) but establish apart me below the poverty line for daring to be disabled and receive a relationship? I’m satisfied for the cash, I need it, but I’m now now not grateful.”

– Ivy G

The NDIS logo, along with the Medicare and Centrelink logos

Incapacity welfare recipients will compile an further $500 in cash payments, by design of two $250 payments over five months.(AAP)

“I’m on a incapacity pension. All I’m getting is 2 instalments of $250. There would possibly be now now not any more cash for us other than this, because of the most of us keep now now not desire a whole lot of resources to procedure an earnings from. It leaves vulnerable folk in the again of but here is nothing contemporary.”

– Matthew C

Many primitive pensioners and retirees had been disappointed too

“Us oldies are neglected again excluding the 2 $250 payments which will duvet our increased power payments, and that’s the reason all. A miniature pension fabricate bigger would had been correct, but no, nothing to cheer about.”

– Ann C

“I’m a self-funded retiree. Nothing in the budget for me the least bit from an incompetent and disingenuous government, still clinging to its ideologies and announcements, but now now not fixing the complications. Audacious predictions for the long bustle round out the chaos. Will we please compile adults again guilty?”

– Barry Okay

“A entire slap in the face for pensioners, they generally had been the ones that constructed Australia. It’s miles disgusting that they are furthermore condemning older unemployed Australians to abject poverty. It’s miles a cash grab from low-earnings households to verify firms and greater-earnings earners are greater off.”

– Patrick Okay

An elderly man in black pushes a shopping trolley through the sliding door of a crowded supermarket.

Archaic pensioners are furthermore eligible for the further $500, aimed toward stimulating the economic system.(AAP: Danny Casey)

“The 2 x $250 payments for an age pensioner is a shame and a scam. The pension generally rises in line with the CPI every twelve months, but this twelve months the CPI is down now now not up so no pension fabricate bigger. All they receive achieved is promise payments we must receive got anyway.”

– Graeme H

“There would possibly be actually nothing for me on this budget. I’m a self-funded retiree paying quarterly tax invoices, Medicare levy, non-public insurance duvet… and getting nothing the least bit. Very disappointing indeed! Depressing as properly!”

– Ellie L

Some belief a spotlight on youth would possibly presumably presumably be actually helpful

“It be tremendous encouraging to search the more cash against psychological properly being and low earnings housing. Plus the incentives to rent youth. I’m floored. This looks delight in a actually solid budget.”

– Tim H

“A budget that meets the 2d. Staunch to search a government that is engaging to compromise and assert the flak for doing what must be achieved. As a teen going correct into a devastated job market I’m so satisfied to search a spotlight on creating jobs for of us delight in me.”

– Tristan L

A waitrees looks to the side as she holds a cup of coffee balanced on a saucer

The Executive announced contemporary incentives for firms to rent workers below the age of 35.(AAP: Lukas Coch)

“I’m a 70-twelve months-aged pensioner with a ingredient-time job as a neighborhood employee. It be crucial that youth compile again to work, they’re the next know-how of workers. I am hoping that folks of their 50s and 60s don’t compile left without jobs. All people deserves to receive a job.”

– Marion C

“I’m disappointed that there is now now not such a thing as a extra facts about JobSeeker previous December. However the JobMaker program will likely be tall for me. I’m 22, residing in Melbourne and lost my job in the first lockdown. There would possibly be so worthy competitors accessible, I feel delight in I’m neglected because of the I’m now now not that experienced.”

– Kaitlyn C

Others said more toughen for youth used to be the evil transfer

“I deem focusing on getting youth into jobs is ridiculous. It be so worthy more uncomplicated for them to search out work. A good deal of these I know that lost jobs are over 50 and now possibility losing their homes as no person must assert them at the ‘cease’ of their careers!”

– Amy S

“As a employee in my early 50s with over 30 years abilities in my field, and a rather excessive-earnings earner (and because of the this fact excessive-tax payer) with a mortgage, I search very diminutive toughen for these of us who receive paid their dues and now compile ourselves out of work because of the COVID.

“Where is the aid for an experienced, aged and technologically astute group who receive paid a entire bunch of thousands in tax and curiosity over time?”

– Jessica B

A young man wearing yellow high vis works on some copper wiring while an older man with a moustache watches next to him

Heart-primitive workers direct they dread they obtained’t be in a direct to compete with youthful workers eligible for subsidies.(ABC Records: Elena De Bruijne)

“Age group helps seem very unfair, the older it’s most likely you’ll presumably presumably also very properly be the much less you compile.”

– Rod S

“Staunch suggestions are inclined to be rolled out without enough belief to the tip product. Watch firms ditch their heart-primitive workers to re-assert youthful workers at a diminished rate. It be honest correct transferring the mutter.”

– Jackie P

“I’m a self-funded retiree in my early 60s who’s taken a superannuation hit. How am I going to transfer again to work when all of the roles will likely be stuffed by the below-35s?”

– Geoff H

And some youth direct the commitments honest correct don’t seem to be e nough

“As someone below 35, this budget is touted as tall. However what number of folk below-35s take benefit of the tax cuts? How many folk produce $90-120,000 or more? Bugger all.

“More retail and hospo jobs, nearly universally now now not chubby-time and miserable waged, is now now not going to pay for our housing or exorbitant college expenses. I’m already struggling, and planning to rent indefinitely with an economic system that has already left me in the again of.

“This budget presents mere lip-service to youth, while condemning us to climate change, inevitable job losses and debt because of the of a sinful taxation system that overwhelmingly asks the poorest to pay more to provide the affluent their unfair half.”

– James M

Zanine smiles while working at the coffee machine.

Some youthful workers direct they feel afraid about the long bustle in response to the Executive’s budget.(ABC Records: Selby Stewart)

“As someone of their early 30s ‘working’ in tourism I feel abandoned by the Executive. An employer obtained’t take benefit of hiring me because of the I’m currently still technically employed, plus sooner than JobKeeper all people at my firm turned into half-time to aid with our employer’s cash float so we compile the decrease amount on JobKeeper. 

“Tourism used to be the first to be hit by the pandemic and we will be the leisure to enhance. Why is now now not any one speaking out for us?”

– Sara-Ann G

“Originally blush methinks the wage subsidy is a pea and thimble trick. They’ll subsidise wages for the younger at $200 per week, taking them off JobSeeker that expenses $282 per week. That works out at $82 in the Executive’s again pocket while they pat themselves on the again for being so generous.”

– Joan C

“I’m tremendously surprised this budget does nothing for economic recovery as youth need more than some tax incentives for firms.

“I’m anxious and tremendously surprised for myself being 18 in Australia as youth will likely be pushed extra down into poverty, and the ones lucky enough to fall again on family will likely be more of a financial burden. Psychological properly being will continue to compile worse.

“For the first time I’m tremendously surprised of the path this nation is going and we will be in the identical mutter as America.”

– Connor L

There wasn’t worthy delight in for tax cuts, even from some folk who’re getting one

“I will fetch a indispensable tax gash, while members of the family on incapacity toughen will compile next to nothing. It’s miles terribly disappointing. The government must’ve thinking about giving decrease-earnings folk tax cuts and boosting welfare payments so that they can use more in the economic system. I beget now now not deem this means is appropriate.”

– Sam M

Josh Frydenberg speaks at the Despatch Box.

The Executive had been talking up bringing forward tax cuts in the lead-up to the budget.(ABC Records: Slice Haggarty)

“I will compile a tax wreck, but what about the 6 to 8 per cent and not using a job who will finally receive to stay on $550 a fortnight? Additionally, the lack of funding in renewable infrastructure and industry is unsuitable. We have got a MASSIVE replacement to be a world chief in renewable manufacturing, and this government is ignoring that.”

– James S

“I will compile a tax gash of $1,080. That is the evil capacity for the Australian economic system, this would possibly perhaps presumably maybe fabricate it worse. The majority of Australians is now now not going to use their tax financial savings.

“The Executive would had been greater to use this cash on infrastructure and products and companies, this would possibly perhaps receive supposed more folk in employment, more cash being spent and more taxes coming in.”

– Caroline T

“Whereas I will compile a tax gash, the cash would had been greater spent on keeping JobSeeker permanently at the excessive rate and spending cash now on the social housing that shall be required in the next 20 to 30 years.”

– Trish J

I beget now now not favor tax cuts! What correct is $20! I need free healthcare, training and greater roads.”

– Alex B

And some seen gaps for girls, dad and mother and households

“Disappointing that there is no reduction in the distance of childcare. That freeze for households for three months at the head of COVID used to be a massive aid to us and made the kind of incompatibility.”

– Kerry S

“Sadly, as continually girls are now now not handled as equals, rather as 2d-class voters when actually our workload is greater in actuality. How many roles are impressed for younger girls? We must be taking steps to come girls’s entitlements in line with males, other than residing in the 1900s. Assemble these politicians receive daughters, sisters? Where is the respect?”

– Emma W

“This would possibly occasionally fabricate it more noteworthy for moms to rejoin the group after having kids. They would possibly perhaps presumably maybe even merely perhaps be lacking out on jobs because of the an employer is incentivised to assert folk who had been on earnings toughen payments.”

– Davin W

“Archaic pensioners are now now not getting loads, but I feel for the folk without jobs that receive kids. I beget now now not know how they will place.”

– Phyllis S

Three five-year-olds stand together in a kindy playground, holding play money and smiling.

Fogeys and carers direct they wanted to search more funding for childcare in the budget.(Supplied: Greer Novak)

Some folk had been very impressed with the announcements

“Pleasing pump-priming and a indispensable homage to the contemporary monetary theories. It be what Ozneeds — cannot had been easy for the Libs!”

– Paul H

“As a pensioner, having the further is terribly gratefully current. Enables one to elevate extras and establish it up top of payments.”

– Lauren G

“As a primitive half-time miniature-industry owner/chubby-time employee who lost each because of the COVID, here is wonderful. It presents me the power to convert my half-time industry the establish I was renting the instruments correct into a chubby-time industry the establish I beget my instruments. That is an wonderful replacement for me at 26 years aged.”

– Matthew M

“I’m very grateful for my pension and the 2 further payments. That is a very solid budget. I honest correct hope these receiving a pension will likely be grateful to the taxpayer for giving us a ‘wage’ to stay on.”

– Pat G

A hand holding a $100 note next to a wallet

Many Australians can receive a diminutive further cash this twelve months by design of tax cuts.(ABC Records: Claire Moodie)

“I accept as true with the Executive has achieved what they can in a actually bad mutter. They are attempting very hard to study as many folk employed as most likely below the economic mutter we’re in. It be a correct budget.”

– Cheryl C 

However some felt the priorities had been overall now now not correct enough

“Why on God’s green Earth would any government establish apart more cash into the pockets of folk who receive cash? The stupidest factor I’ve ever heard in my lifetime. Poor Australia, cannot even assert care of their most vulnerable folk.”

– Rebecca H

“I deem this budget is lacklustre at simplest! There would possibly be ZERO vision and all we’re getting are very non everlasting choices to long-time length complications that we suffered from even sooner than this pandemic hit. We had been heading against a recession anyway and that claims loads.”

– Issa N

“I deem more cash must be rolled out. I deem that the budget doesn’t scuttle a ways enough to toughen the economic system. I furthermore deem they receive neglected a chance to vary tack in how they take care of the JobSeeker/JobKeeper modifications by extending them out previous March. All in all, its a bit of disappointing.”

– Liam H

“Personally, I beget now now not care about me. Coming reach retirement and self-funded, we will give you the selection to continue to exist. That is a critical point in our historical previous and decades of neglect in properly being, training, primitive care, infrastructure funding capacity these nitwits receive any other time left it to the ‘tax cuts’ that can encourage folk who need it least.”

– Geoff D

Some responses had been edited for clarity.


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