‘Budget to benefit all’ but local area let down

AN energy bill rebate of $300 for every home, a tax cut for all taxpayers and the wiping of $3 billion from student debt, have been announced in the Federal Budget to help ease the cost of living pressures.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said it’s “a Budget for the here-and-now and it’s a Budget for the decades to come”.
“It’s a responsible Budget that helps people under pressure today – and invests in the promise and potential of the more prosperous future we can make together,” he said.
However, Federal MP for Banks, David Coleman, said the local community had been let down.
He said two major projects which were very important to the community – parking in Panania, and construction and restoration of walking tracks through the Georges River National Park in Padstow Heights and Picnic Point – missed out on funding.
“It is a very disappointing result,” he said.
“The Albanese Government needs to step up and support the local community.”
Federal MP for Blaxland, Jason Clare, said tackling cost of living pressures was Labor’s number one priority.
“That’s why this Budget is designed to help people who are under pressure right now, while setting Australians up for the future,” he said.
“This is a Labor Budget, because it’s a Budget for every Australian, not just some.”
The budget included rent relief, cheaper medicines, boost in funding for emergency and food relief and financial support services and higher wages for aged care and child care workers.