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    Another likely knock-on effect from the budget as it currently stands - the impact to vaccination rates and thus the returning of VPDs.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-2...budget/5463830

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    I know that some people seem to think it's about us all doing some heavy lifting..
    That's awesome.. If your heavy lifting is giving up movie nights or foxtel.

    My heavy lifting will be..
    Deciding between fuel or food
    Leaving the kids home alone for a few hours instead of using childcare.
    Looking to having my children with me less..
    Deciding between the dr or the medicine.
    Jumpers for my kids.. Or heating the house?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    Another likely knock-on effect from the budget as it currently stands - the impact to vaccination rates and thus the returning of VPDs.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-2...budget/5463830
    I was wondering this. Surely people who can't afford to pay the $7 payment for dr just won't bother vaccinating. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDiDah View Post
    I was wondering this. Surely people who can't afford to pay the $7 payment for dr just won't bother vaccinating. :-/
    Or won't vaccinate on schedule thus compromising the whole process.

    Then there is discussion today from the LNP about the wishes to put GST on fresh fruit and veggies.

    They haven't got a frikkin clue.

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    Will the $7 "payment" apply for medcall? The home doctor?

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    Interesting read here about the mechanics of a Double Dissolution.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-1...guided/5462592

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrswhitehouse View Post
    I had tafe call me yesterday as I was on the waiting list for a teachers aide course starting in July. They said due to funding cuts they will not be running it till *maybe* January and that the price will probably be going up.

    I was already worried about how we could afford the $1010 the course was going to cost (that was discounted for people who had not completed a cert 3 before it was normally about $1500 I think) so now I'm worried.

    I want to improve myself to get a better job but this budget is making it harder for me.
    This is what worries me about the "earn or learn" rhetoric. For many people, simply signing up to "learn" isn't straightforward or instant and this budget, if anything, reduces equity of access to training and education. If a person, through no fault if their own, loses a job then it's likely to take several months to be able enrol and start further training. Not only does that training cost them (and the taxpayer) money (with no required guarantee that the training improves employability), but what are they meant to live on in the meantime if they can't access Newstart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    And the scrariest thing is how much that impact on low income earners will be compounded by rising food, fuel, everyday living expenses. I don't know about everybody else, but for me the bills already seem to be rising far above usual inflation, and the same amount of groceries costs far more.
    Looking forward, slashing education and health funding to push the states to ask for GST increases and "broadening" (ie including fresh food that is currently exempt) will also really impact people on low incomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    Another likely knock-on effect from the budget as it currently stands - the impact to vaccination rates and thus the returning of VPDs.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-2...budget/5463830
    Short sighted policy. Why compromise effective public health campaigns that have good return on investment through reducing the higher costs associated with treating VPD, not to mention productivity (less days of work lost due to illness) and other social benefits? Having a pot of money for medical (and preferably health research in the broader sense) research is a great idea, but surely not at the expense of effective evidence-based public health programmes?

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    The irony!!
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    ETA: Actually, never mind the irony. It's the hypocrisy that's mind boggling.
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