Battlers want rich to bear more of load
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.