Submission to the Inquiry into the 2014 Budget Measures Bills Nos. 1 and 2

Executive summary

These Bills seek to enact a range of measures, the majority of which will reduce the value of cash payments that people receive from the government.

While the rationales for different removals of payments are different (or non-existent), the Society is deeply concerned by any move to remove income from people already experiencing severe poverty. We cannot agree with measures that will drive people even deeper into poverty, above all in an environment where there simply aren’t enough jobs for the numbers of people looking for work.

The Society strongly opposes these measures in the Bills