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Petitioning for a fairer Budget

Vinnies calls on the Federal Government to review measures that impact on low income families, young people and pensioners.

Vinnies invites you to sign our petition at www.change.org/vinnies-budget  We have grave concerns that people already experiencing disadvantage will be pushed further into poverty by measures included in the recent federal Budget.

Vinnies believes this is a deeply unfair budget that requires the heavy lifting to be done by those who have the least capacity to do so.

Research confirms our worst fears

The modelling done by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at Canberra University has been revealing in a way the budget papers were not. Thanks to this research we know without a doubt that families who are on the lowest incomes will bear the brunt of the harshest measures in the budget.

We should all be worried that 1.2 million families on low incomes will be, on average, around $3,000 a year worse off while those on high incomes will hardly be impacted at all. In practical terms this means a couple with two school-aged children on an income of $60,000 a year will lose over $6,000 each year.  That’s 10 percent of their income. A family on $200,000 will lose $400 or 0.2 percent.

What can you do to help?

Vinnies knows of the heart-wrenching stories of the people we are assisting. Our great fear is that these stories are about to get far worse.

Help us let the federal government know that we reject many of the measures outlined in this budget, particularly those affecting low income families, young people and pensioners.

Sign our petition today, leave a message of support and send a strong message to Canberra!

About Vinnies

St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation working towards a more just and compassionate society.

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