April 16, 2018

The Turnbull Government needs to explain how it plans to address food insecurity among vulnerable Australian families following the release of Food Bank Australia’s Rumbling Tummies Report.

It’s simply unacceptable that one in five Australian children have gone hungry and missed out on meals in the last year.

A staggering 18 percent of kids are going to school without eating breakfast.

This new report shows that food insecurity is a major problem for many vulnerable Australians.

Australians kids deserve so much more.

Failing to put food on the family table is more common than the Turnbull Government is prepared to admit.

We know that living in, or being born into a family or area of disadvantage has a quantifiable impact on a child’s opportunity and capability to fully participate in society later in life.

We also know that providing growing children nutritional food is important for their overall health and development.

This Foodbank report makes clear that cost of living pressures are responsible for parents not being able to fill their kid’s lunch boxes.

This is exactly why the Turnbull Government should drop their plan to axe the fortnightly Energy Supplement to 2 million Australians including vulnerable families on Newstart.

If Mr Turnbull gets his way someone on Newstart will lose around $8.80 per fortnight or around $220 a year.

Labor is currently undertaking policy development work in the area of entrenched disadvantage, including food insecurity.


Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra