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    Default 2021 Federal Budget

    It's just over an hour away from being released, but there have already been some leaks. I thought we could have a thread to chat about it.

    Thoughts on it? What are you hoping for? Think something is ridiculous? Share it here.

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    I’m glad the Govt. announced on Sunday they will continue to fund the Equal Remuneration Order for community services in the budget. We’ve had to fight up to the wire. Typical political tactic - make you fight for what you already had so you don’t ask for anything else.

    But the frustration was the order (equal pay) could only be made because state and feds agreed. But the feds only agreed to fund until 2021. But... the ERO increased wages by around 40% in our sector. So we HAVE to pay those wages. If we weren’t funded, we’d lose staff in a post pandemic environment when homelessness has increased significantly.

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    Remember when newscorp flogged the labor party during the gfc about the debt and deficit disaster and the coalition smashed them about the budget emergency 🤪

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    I just read it - it’s a bit ‘meh’. Underwhelming. Was hoping to see some focus on funding for reducing GHG emissions, dealing with climate change issues etc. There seemed to be a focus on supporting women, however, I don’t deal with those issues day-to-day (well aside from me being a woman!) so not sure how that translates on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I just read it - it’s a bit ‘meh’. Underwhelming. Was hoping to see some focus on funding for reducing GHG emissions, dealing with climate change issues etc. There seemed to be a focus on supporting women, however, I don’t deal with those issues day-to-day (well aside from me being a woman!) so not sure how that translates on the ground.
    I also thought it was underwhelming. Mostly, it was just giving another year of funding to things already in place, without really extending on them.

    "Women" and "Indigenous" were certainly some key words of the night. I would have been hammered if I made a drinking game out of it But there was very little substance to what's on offer. From my understanding, job providers just churn people through courses to receive the funding without really helping or caring about individual circumstances. Offering 2% deposits for single parents (overwhelmingly women) is all well and good, but how many out there would have the ability to service the mortgages? Those that will take up the offer are likely to be those that were on their way to buying a house anyway. We need more public and socialised housing, more rent relief. Increasing the childcare subsidy always just means a fee hike and more money lining the pockets of the centre owners.

    They're adding another 80,000 (I think it was) spots for aged care, but the number of people currently on waiting lists already exceeds that.

    They threw "climate" and "environment" out there to make it sound like they give a crap, but they're not doing anywhere near enough. 0.8% of the budget

    The only thing dh & I were actually positive about was the increase in spending and programs for mental health. Whether or not it's adequate, I don't have the knowledge of that sector to know, but atleast it's something.

    The NDIS - woo! They're continuing to fund it 🥳 ... where the hell is the increase and improvement?! If you've had any experience with it, it's appallingly inept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Remember when newscorp flogged the labor party during the gfc about the debt and deficit disaster and the coalition smashed them about the budget emergency 🤪
    And Labor's butts wouldn't even have warmed the Ministerial seats before the Coalition and Murdoch Media will be back to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post
    I also thought it was underwhelming. Mostly, it was just giving another year of funding to things already in place, without really extending on them.

    "Women" and "Indigenous" were certainly some key words of the night. I would have been hammered if I made a drinking game out of it But there was very little substance to what's on offer. From my understanding, job providers just churn people through courses to receive the funding without really helping or caring about individual circumstances. Offering 2% deposits for single parents (overwhelmingly women) is all well and good, but how many out there would have the ability to service the mortgages? Those that will take up the offer are likely to be those that were on their way to buying a house anyway. We need more public and socialised housing, more rent relief. Increasing the childcare subsidy always just means a fee hike and more money lining the pockets of the centre owners.

    They're adding another 80,000 (I think it was) spots for aged care, but the number of people currently on waiting lists already exceeds that.

    They threw "climate" and "environment" out there to make it sound like they give a crap, but they're not doing anywhere near enough. 0.8% of the budget

    The only thing dh & I were actually positive about was the increase in spending and programs for mental health. Whether or not it's adequate, I don't have the knowledge of that sector to know, but atleast it's something.

    The NDIS - woo! They're continuing to fund it 🥳 ... where the hell is the increase and improvement?! If you've had any experience with it, it's appallingly inept.
    I would have really liked to see a long term plan of how to transition Australian from being so reliant on the resources sector and have more of a tech / innovation hub. Funding for science research etc. The resources sector will always be here but we (and the rest of the world) need to focus on better reuse of resources which would eventually lead to less material being extracted. Hence we need to be on the front foot about reducing our reliance on this sector for employment and royalties / tax revenue. If the world stopped buying our iron ore tomorrow we would be totally screwed.

    (Disclosure - I work (or worked - about to finish up working) mainly in the resources and power generation sector).

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I would have really liked to see a long term plan of how to transition Australian from being so reliant on the resources sector and have more of a tech / innovation hub. Funding for science research etc. The resources sector will always be here but we (and the rest of the world) need to focus on better reuse of resources which would eventually lead to less material being extracted. Hence we need to be on the front foot about reducing our reliance on this sector for employment and royalties / tax revenue. If the world stopped buying our iron ore tomorrow we would be totally screwed.

    (Disclosure - I work (or worked - about to finish up working) mainly in the resources and power generation sector).

    They got a taste of it when the CCP halted imports, but they didn't learn anything from it. We absolutely need to make bigger steps towards the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicmama View Post

    They got a taste of it when the CCP halted imports, but they didn't learn anything from it. We absolutely need to make bigger steps towards the future.
    Reducing the fees for University would be a step in the right direction. As mentioned in another thread the fees for doing post grad are insane - it’s not incentivising people to do further education. We need highly skilled and educated people to lead the change.

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