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Australians want services not tax cuts from Budget

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 18 Apr 2007

"To create a fairer Australia the Treasure should be putting better government services and initiatives ahead of tax cuts in this year's budget" said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

Senator Siewert welcomed the release today of ACOSS's A Fairer Australia: Recommendations for the Federal Budget 2007-08

"The polls show that ordinary Australians want to see the government invest in a fairer future," said Senator Siewert.

"Now more than ever we need to be investing the benefits of out strong economy in building a better future for all Australians"

"Creating incentives to encourage private investment in low cost rental housing in areas of greatest need is a simple way in which the Government could tackle the crisis in affordable housing," said Senator Siewert.

"Developing a national anti-poverty plan and addressing Indigenous disadvantage should be major priorities for this year's budget" she said.

"The Greens support the call for a 10 year plan to eliminate over crowding in Indigenous housing to bring it up to an acceptable standard."

"We should also bring Aboriginal access to primary health care up to standard. The Government needs to devote at least 400 million a year to address the existing gap," concluded Senator Siewert.

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