Health, wel­fare and re­new­able en­ergy ma­jor Fed­eral bud­get con­cerns for Indi

Alpine Observer - - News -

MORE than 1000 peo­ple in Indi have iden­ti­fied health and wel­fare, re­new­able en­ergy and ed­u­ca­tion as the top three con­cerns in the Indi Bud­get Im­pact Tour 2017 re­port.

The re­port, which de­tails the re­sponses of Indi con­stituents who com­pleted the Indi Bud­get Im­pact Sur­vey 2017, fol­low­ing the hand­ing down of the 2017 Fed­eral Bud­get in May 9, was re­leased last week by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi).

Ms McGowan said in sum­mary the Indi Bud­get Sur­vey iden­ti­fied health, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment as the elec­torate’s ma­jor pri­or­i­ties.

“The per­cent­age of re­spon­dents who high­lighted their pri­or­i­ties were 93 per cent form health and wel­fare; 92 per cent for ed­u­ca­tion; 89 per cent for re­new­able en­ergy; 88 per cent for em­ploy­ment; 82 per cent for trains; 78 per cent for re­gional pol­icy; 76 per cent for the NBN and 58 per cent for the arts,” she said.

Ms McGowan was de­lighted by the re­sponse from Indi’s young peo­ple.

“Most heart­en­ing has been that young peo­ple aged be­tween 14 and 25 have heard my call to share their thoughts and opin­ions,” she said.

“Al­most 140 young peo­ple or 17 per cent of the sur­vey’s re­spon­dents let me know what they thought about a bud­get that shapes their fu­tures.

“Their pri­or­i­ties were ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and the cost of go­ing to uni­ver­sity, as well as men­tal health, jobs, cli­mate change and re­new­able en­ergy.

“As their in­de­pen­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive, I re­it­er­ate my com­mit­ment to en­sure their voices are heard by this govern­ment.”

One of the ma­jor pur­poses of the re­port is to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the govern­ment from the elec­torate and will be sent to the Prime Min­is­ter, govern­ment min­is­ters, op­po­si­tion MPs and Vic­to­rian sen­a­tors.

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