The Federal budget is heartless and State cuts to services are cruel, according to Labour Candidate for Port Stephens, Kate Washington.
The Labor Candidate said to Myall Coast News that, “The Federal budget proposes extraordinary changes that will see the most vulnerable people in our community disadvantaged.”
“And yet, according to the Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin, the budget doesn’t discriminate against anyone (Port Stephens Examiner 22/5/14).”
Ms Washington said, “Bob Baldwin couldn’t be more wrong. This budget discriminates against those that can least bear the burden; particularly our youth, our aged and disabled.”
Kate has recently been speaking with local families about the impacts the budget will have on them.
One family has told her that they don’t know how they will survive because they won’t be able to afford to access the medical treatment they need.
Another family who did not wish to be named, Myall Coast News verified the comments of the mother, she said, “My husband has multiple chronic health issues and I’m his carer. Our daughter has health issues too, as do I. Between us, we accessed health services in the past 2 weeks on 9 occasions. If we have to make a $7 co-payment, we just won’t be able to afford it.”
The lady went on to say, “And because our daughter is over the age of 6, we’re also going to lose access to Family Tax Benefit B, which amounts to just over $3,000 year.”
“We also live in an area that has no public transport so we need a vehicle to access health services. But our fuel costs will increase because of the fuel excise tax. We just won’t be able to survive on so little.”
In relation to State impacts, Kate said, “People I’ve been speaking with are very concerned about the State government cuts to services.”
Because of the concerns that have been voiced to Kate, she is hosting a community Q & A session with the Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen and the State Shadow Treasurer, Michael Daley.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free Q&A event on Monday, 28 July 2014 which starts at 5.45pm at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club.
Myall Coast News will report on outcomes of the meeting and also will bring you Federal and State Members plans and direction as it comes to us.