Fam­ily fund­ing cuts to af­fect west worst of all

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE plan to abol­ish fam­ily wel­fare bonuses for three mil­lion Aus­tralian chil­dren will smash Western Sydney but barely touch the wealthy elec­torate of PM Mal­colm Turn­bull.

Nine out of the top-10 NSW seats hit hard­est by the Fed- eral Gov­ern­ment’s plan to aban­don the an­nual $726 bonus for ev­ery child are in Western Sydney. Fam­i­lies with the most to lose are in La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic’s seat of Chi­fley.

“Rais­ing a fam­ily in our area doesn’t come cheap. The cost of liv­ing keeps go­ing up and now Mal­colm Turn­bull is try­ing to cut hun­dreds of dol­lars a year from fam­ily bud­gets,” Mr Hu­sic said. “Work­ing cou­ples ... with two kids in high school will be around $2,600 a year worse off be­cause of cuts to the schoolkids bonus and fam­ily tax ben­e­fit sup­ple­ments.”

Two elec­torates stand out as es­cap­ing max­i­mum pain – Mr Turn­bull’s elec­torate of Went­worth in Sydney and his deputy Julie Bishop’s seat of Curtin in Perth.

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