ABBOTT’S BUDGET ATTACKS CARERS

May 14, 2014


Tony Abbott has savagely cut support for carers in his Budget of broken promises, leaving thousands of carers at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The Budget has savagely cut the indexation arrangements for the Carer Payment from September 2017, which will leave more than 200,000 people on the Carer Payment substantially worse off.

Tony Abbott has savagely cut support for carers in his Budget of broken promises, leaving thousands of carers at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The Budget has savagely cut the indexation arrangements for the Carer Payment from September 2017, which will leave more than 200,000 people on the Carer Payment substantially worse off.

Before the election, Tony Abbott made a solemn promise to people on the Carer Payment that their pension would not change:

“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

Tony Abbott – INTERVIEW - 6 September 2013

Tony Abbott has no mandate to make these changes. He promised no changes to pension – but this Budget includes huge cuts to pensions. Pensioners will never trust him again.

If Tony Abbott’s new indexation system had been in place for the last four years, a person on the maximum rate of the Carer Payment would today be $1,560 worse off every year. And this gap would continue to increase every 6 months.

This is a heartless attack on some of Australia’s most hard working and vulnerable people.

In this Budget, Tony Abbott has also cut the National Respite for Carers Program, which provides much needed relief to people caring for loved ones at home who are unable to care for themselves because of disability or frailty.

These changes are devastating for Australian carers. They work every day to care for people with disability, the sick and elderly in our communities – and the Prime Minister is cutting their support.   It is a disgraceful act from a callous Prime Minister.

More than 90 per cent of carers on the Carer Payment have no other income, because of their caring responsibilities. 

These are people who dedicate every day of their lives to caring for their loved ones.

They should not be subjected to cruel cuts under the cover of Tony Abbott’s false budget emergency.

This Budget is a savage attack on our carers, and the Prime Minister should be ashamed himself.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2014

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