The budget: inequitable in 2014, still inequitable in 2015

An independent survey of the impact of the Abbott government’s budget has demonstrated what has been quite clear: the impact on the poor much greater than on the rich. Households in Mount Druitt will lose  around $1000 a year. Taking $20 a week out of the family budget can be a huge blow to people at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. Adding $177  to families in Malcolm Turnbull’s inner-Sydney seat of Wentworth is chicken shit.

Mount Druitt  where budget inequity is most strongly felt
Mount Druitt where budget inequity is most strongly felt

Yep and you guessed it correctly: Mount Druitt is a Labor of electorate.

Nine out of 10 suburbs worst affected by the combined impact of the Abbott government’s two budgets are in Labor-held seats.

Mr Hockey’s office criticised the findings and said they appeared to fail to take into account some of the government’s key social security spending.

“Our budget gives families more choice, more flexibility and more incentive to ‘have a go’,” a spokesman said.

That’s all very well and good, but try fronting up to the checkout in the supermarket in Mount Druitt to pay for your weekly groceries with more choice, more flexibility and more incentive.

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