Bat­tlers want rich to bear more of load

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - HE­LEN KEMPTON

AMINA Key­gan says it is time for the coun­try’s higher in­come earn­ers to take on the bur­den of help­ing fund ser­vices.

The mother-of-three and de­mo­graphic con­sul­tant has out­lined to the Sun­day Tas­ma­nian her hopes for the Bud­get, say­ing she is con­cerned the very wealthy will re­ceive more tax breaks.

“I would hate to see more tax breaks given to the su­per rich while those al­ready strug­gling are hit even harder,” she said from her Burnie home.

Also on Mrs Key­gan’s Bud­get wish list are:

of liv­able wel­fare pay­ments, or at least no more cuts.

fund­ing for higher ed­u­ca­tion and for the planned uni­ver­sity dereg­u­la­tion changes to be scrapped.

re­stric­tions to child care and for the sec­tor to be bet­ter funded and sup­ported.

Amina and hus­band David, a heavy ma­chin­ery me­chanic, have two chil­dren in pri­mary school and one in child care.

“I have been in­volved in the Work for the Dole sys­tem. While the sug­ges­tion that peo­ple should be earn­ing or learn­ing has gained some trac­tion, peo­ple need enough to live on while they strive for those goals.”

Mrs Key­gan said her in­come had just cov­ered her child­care costs when she was study­ing for her PhD. She hopes there are no cuts to fund­ing or re­stric­tions to child care.

Sin­gle mum Re­becca Hope, of Tin­der­box, hopes the sin­gle par­ent­ing pay­ment is kept at its cur­rent level or in­creased.

She is also look­ing for the school kids’ bonus to be re­in­stated to off­set costs of send­ing a child to a state school in Tas­ma­nia.

“It was a sig­nif­i­cant amount and par­ents are feel­ing it,” she said.

Ini­tia­tives for jobs growth are also high on Ms Hope’s Bud­get out­look.

She has ap­plied for more than 50 jobs in the four months she has been back in Tas­ma­nia from in­ter­state.

“I was suc­cess­ful in one ap­pli­ca­tion but it was a part-time po­si­tion and I would still not have been able to live in­de­pen­dently on those earn­ings,” the 29-yearold said.

Ms Hope, mum to Eve­lyn, 7, said living on the par­ent­ing pay­ment was tough and it was fi­nan­cially im­pos­si­ble for a sin­gle par­ent to get into pri­vate rental ac­com­mo­da­tion in the cur­rent mar­ket.

Living in a share house was not a vi­able op­tion when you were a par­ent, she said.

She is hop­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing will be main­tained by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to give her and oth­ers a chance to get a uni­ver­sity de­gree with­out fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

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