Joe Hockey’s second budget wasn’t much better than his first with cuts to health and education impacting on all Queenslanders. The government did nothing to reverse the harmful cuts in last year’s budget and are cutting a massive $80 billion from our schools and hospitals. This means there will be less money to spend on important jobs and programs and less money to access quality healthcare here in Queensland.
There was some good news for United Voice members with the announcement of $3.5 billion in extra funding for early childhood education and care. Our educators have been campaigning for a long time to make sure all children have access to quality early childhood education. This funding is good news for educators, parents and children.
However, there was a further blow for families with cuts announced to the paid parental leave scheme and to support for low income families. The government still wants to cut university funding and lump students with $100,000 university degrees.
Thanks to campaigning by union members, the government reversed the GP fee and cuts to pensions. Our members are also fighting back against the unjust cuts in this year’s budget by sending a message to Tony Abbott telling him just how much his government’s budget is impacting on them and their family. You can send a message to the Prime Minister by clicking here.