Budget fails those living in entrenched poverty


The 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore the most disadvantaged Australians according to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot expressed concern this morning that last night’s Federal Budget failed to address the two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and income support payments that are below poverty-level.

“We are disappointed this Budget neglects the urgent need for a comprehensive and long-term solution to the problems of homelessness and housing for low-income earners including a much needed increased investment in social housing,” Mr de Groot said.

“Homelessness in Australia continues to rise and we know that on any given night in this country there are more than 116,000 people who have no permanent home,”

Mr de Groot said that the low level of support for people on Newstart needed to be addressed.

“Our economy is strong yet too many families still struggle to meet the costs of even their most basic needs,” Mr de Groot said.

“Raising Newstart would help to reduce the poverty gap and enable people to live in dignity.”

Vinnies NSW does welcome announcements of additional funding commitments for domestic violence programs and aged care, along with a small boost in mental health services, education and support programs for newly arrived migrants.

These initiative will help close some of the access gaps low income families and people presently face when trying to access essential services.

Mr de Groot said he welcomes the Government’s decision this morning to provide the one-off energy supplementary payment to Newstart recipients.