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An Abbott budget would heap stress on our poorest people

The Australian Greens said today that some of the poorest people in our community will be placed under even more financial stress if Tony Abbotts's budget becomes a reality.

"Tony Abbott is so preoccupied with keeping big business onside that he's prepared to take already meagre supplement payments of around $4 per week off jobseekers and single parents on Newstart," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

"Clearly Tony Abbott and his supporters have no idea of the pressure and stress that comes with being on payments like Newstart, and so they're prepared to take money off people already struggling more than $130 per week below the poverty line.

"Cutting payments and introducing tougher regimes won't help people into the secure work they need to become financially secure. Rather than reading the evidence and taking responsible, measured steps in the budget to correct this situation, Tony Abbott and the Coalition are only interested in making sure the big end of town is looked after.

"Other measures, such as scrapping the Low Income Superannuation Contribution, are further evidence that low income and older Australians would face an increasingly harsh reality under the Coalition.

"Both responsible savings measures and appropriate revenue boosts can be found and delivered without putting people at risk of poverty, but only the Greens are showing the will and the strength to achieve this outcome.

"The ALP are nowhere to be seen in regards to helping single parents and jobseekers, and the Coalition are obviously keen to make cuts to already low levels of income support.

"The Greens are showing the strength needed to stand up to big business, fix the mining tax and help people like job seekers and single parents avoid slipping further into poverty," Senator Siewert concluded.


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