The Observer - - NEWS | OPINION - — Lynda Pearce Sun Val­ley — Eloise Rowe Tan­num Sands

IN re­sponse to Eloise Rowe (Let­ters 6/2/18) that La­bor is spend­ing too much money.

La­bor is spend­ing money to pro­vide jobs for work­ers who will pay taxes to re­duce Queens­land’s “so-called debt”. THERE is no such thing as “af­ford­able hous­ing” in this day and age. Ev­ery­one strug­gles with the cost of liv­ing, es­pe­cially hous­ing.

The high cost of rentals in short sup­ply and ris­ing home own­er­ship costs, make liv­ing un­ten­able for many who end up home­less. Suc­ces­sive govern­ments' agen­das are not fo­cussed on the im­pact of life’s ex­penses. With wages and gov­ern­ment wel­fare in­comes stag­nant for the past decade, things are hardly go­ing to change for the bet­ter too soon. In­vest­ment in the lives of the poor and needy, falls short of the mark and is never a pri­or­ity.

Strug­gling with the cost of liv­ing is a bal­anc­ing act in the best of house­holds. Job se­cu­rity is a pipe dream. Ris­ing prices and a limited sup­ply of hous­ing, gov­ern­ment or oth­er­wise, only ex­ac­er­bates the short­fall. Adding in­sult to in­jury, we see the na­tional and state debt in­creas­ing, de­spite le­gions of politi­cians with their hand­some re­mu­ner­a­tion, big busi­ness with their bil­lions in prof­its, while the ma­jor­ity strug­gle with ba­sic hous­ing, fuel and food.

The Great Di­vide, be­tween the haves and have-nots, is a bridge too far. Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fair is ob­so­lete for the rest of us.

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