Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on promising budget figures.
Michelle Grattan discusses MYEFO with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Our economy remains far weaker than it was a year ago and far weaker than it would have been had spending not collapsed.
It isn’t available to the bulk of the unemployed, it isn’t available to people who’ve been on JobKeeper rather than JobSeeker, and employers can overclaim.
Even after the changes in the budget the financial penalty facing mothers who work reaches 80%. And the changes are temporary.
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Asked to grade the budget A to F, none give it an E or an F, but only two give it an A. Most think it passed or barely passed, and there’s a lot they would like improved.
With the recession exposing more workers to the vagaries of gig work, it’s more urgent than ever to close the legal loopholes that deny workers employment rights.
After the generation of extra jobs and economic activity, it would cost the government only one-fifth of what it spent on it.
It’ll direct money to employers who actually create jobs.
economist Danielle Wood on Australia’s ‘blokey’ budget.
This week Michelle Grattan talks to Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood about the 'blokey' budget
Programs for Indigenous young men’s education are funded at a higher rate than for young women. There is little rigorous evaluation for these programs, and what evidence there is isn’t Indigenous-led.
If anything, the standards are becoming easier, rather than harder, to apply.
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The 2020 federal budget allocates an additional A$53 million towards screen funding, but there are strings attached.
Not all chaplains are religious and Australia’s chaplaincy program actually prohibits preaching or religious practice.
New research found nearly half of land-based ecosystems and threatened species in Australia have inadequate protections. Yet most of the budget for national parks will go to infrastructure upgrades.
Labor’s proposed childcare measure would result in thousands of dollars saved per year. And it will make it affordable for parents who want to work more while accessing childcare.
More funding for these organisations is a narrow approach. It favours those who are well-off, literate in English, urban, and have more easily-treated conditions.
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There’s a program ready. It’d create 30,000 homes and renovate thousands more, creating up to 18,000 jobs.
Supporting a stable, well-funded preschool system across the country — as we do with school — is an important social and economic investment. But funding remains temporary and unstable.
Women in particular seem to have been relegated in the 2020 budget to an afterthought.
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The search for a coronavirus vaccine and repairing the ailing aged-care sector are among the main health spends in the 2020 budget. But the biggest item was a $4.3bn pledge to subsidise many more drugs.