The latest figures on poverty in Australia, released today by the Australia Fair Campaign, have confirmed the Australian Greens' view that that the recently announced $34 billion in tax cuts cannot be justified.
"The revenue that has been foregone in the tax cuts announced by the Coalition, and then 'me-tooed' by the ALP, should have been spent on social, education and health programs to alleviate increasing poverty in this country," according to Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert today.
"The needs of the 2.2 million people in this country who are living below the poverty line have been forgotten by the two major parties in their efforts to buy votes in the forthcoming election."
"We need a national poverty plan that sets real targets and implements practical measures to reduce poverty, not tax cuts that do nothing to help those living below the poverty line."
"Unless the two major parties focus on the real needs of the growing number of people in this country who live in poverty we will continue to see a growing gap between the rich and the poor," Senator Siewert concluded.