LABOR CONCERNED BY PROPOSED CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY

December 19, 2017


Labor is concerned by the Turnbull Government’s proposed cuts to social security for new migrants.

Labor is concerned by the Turnbull Government’s proposed cuts to social security for new migrants.

Under the Government’s proposal around 50,000 families would be forced to wait for family payments and around 30,000 new Australians would serve waiting periods for other payments.

The Liberals want to make new migrants wait three years for important supports like paid parental leave, family payments and other income support payments.

Family payments are paid to families to prevent child poverty.

This change risks forcing vulnerable people in poverty and homelessness.

Australians are sick and tired of the Turnbull Government demonising vulnerable people.

They want inclusive growth and investment in services, not trickle-down economics and tax cuts for big business.

They don’t think it’s fair to cut support to new Australians at a time when the Turnbull Government is handing out a $65 billion tax cut to multinationals and a $16,400 tax cut for millionaires.

Labor doesn’t want to see cuts from the Turnbull Government that just adds pressure on the community sector or charities.

We won’t be signing Turnbull a blank cheque on these cuts.

Labor will carefully examine the detail of these changes and see how they affect vulnerable people. 

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