'Missed opportunity': Aussies respond to Budget 2020
When Australians took to Twitter during tonight's Budget Speech, it was less to celebrate what was included in the government's spending plan, and more to point out just what was missing.
No increase to JobKeeper or JobSeeker
While Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described JobKeeper as a "$101 billion economic lifeline" that saved lives, and reminded us that JobSeeker "doubled the safety net", voters were unimpressed.
Want to show you really care about mental health? Don't force millions of people into poverty. Don't slash JobSeeker and JobKeeper. #Budget2020— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) October 6, 2020
So far I've counted 3 mentions of Jobseeker but still nothing about increasing it #Budget2020— Rachel Siewert (@SenatorSiewert) October 6, 2020
Not enough money for women
Yes, there was $240 million for apprenticeships and entrepreneurialism as part of the government's second Women's Economic Security Statement. No, it's not enough, according to Australians.
Women have lost the majority of jobs and hours in #COVID19. They have been the frontline of the crisis in health, education and retail (and in their own families). They deserved better than they have been treated by government in #budget2020. ?? #disappointed #again— Rae Cooper (@Raecooper1) October 6, 2020
There is zero money in #Budget2020 to help women made redundant due to #COVID19 find work right now. Women have carried the biggest burden and made the largest sacrifices this year and the Morrison Government has yet again forgotten them.— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) October 6, 2020
No recognition of the essential work women have done to get us through the pandemic. No more jobs or better wages and conditions for aged care workers, early childhood educators, nurses, teachers. It's a total smack in the face. #auspol #Budget2020 2/2— Emma Dawson (@DawsonEJ) October 6, 2020
No spending on social housing
While the Budget did include a commitment to accessible finance for affordable housing, funding for social housing, which would have also created construction jobs, was conspicuously absent.
Social housing was the key measure to fight inequality, create jobs and turbocharge the economy.October 6, 2020
Why wasn't building social housing mentioned in the budget? Forget even being mentioned, should've been one of the first things listed #Budget2020— george kay ?? (@georgekayyyy) October 6, 2020
Nothing new for early education and care in the Budget tonight. Nothing. Missed opportunity.October 6, 2020
No confidence in trickle-down economics
The notion that bolstering private wealth will have a 'trickle down' effect in the form of creating jobs and growth is missing the mark with everyday Aussies.
For the past 40 years— John Falzon (@JohnFalzon) October 6, 2020
we've listened hard
for the sound
of the wealth trickling down
but all we've ever been able to hear is the sound of the excluded
Not enough home care places to meet demand
The 23,000 home care places don't come close to matching the waiting list of more than 100,000 Australians.
@JoshFrydenberg, your increase in #HomeCare packages needs to be matched relative to the number of #OlderAustralians seeking #HomeCare,... How many OlderAustralians are there waiting, needing #HomeCare?— Sedge???? (@LSedger) October 6, 2020
What do you think of Budget 2020? Let us know in the comments.