The Queensland Treasurer said that budget time was a time for choices, and this government has decided to stay the course. QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service) is asking for more.
It is time to change course and make choices that ensure the equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person in every community in Queensland.
“Everybody in Queensland deserves to be able to put a roof over their head, put food on the table, and be able to look for and hopefully secure work. This budget does little to support people on low incomes to do this,” said Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO.
“We know that people are doing it tough and we really hoped that the Premier, Treasurer and their cabinet colleagues would heed our call for leadership with vision.
“We hoped they would address living affordability and housing affordability; that they would make a choice to invest and support people, not just systems.
“We have asked for transformational leadership. Leadership that seeks to set a shared vision and share power. Leadership that: listens to communities; seeks direction from communities; and works to make positive change in communities; investing in people and their communities.”
We welcome the continued funding for the:
- taxi subsidy scheme
- Community Connect in 12 neighbourhood centres
- and concessions.
We also welcome the investment in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Action Plan, noting however there is no new funding provided.
But acknowledge that for many people doing it tough, life will continue without much change with this budget.
QCOSS will continue our analysis of the budget and release our full budget commentary next week.
We will continue to work with government to progress the priorities set out in our annual priority statement.
QCOSS is Queensland’s peak body for the social service sector. Our vision is to achieve equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community.
We believe that every person in Queensland – regardless of where they come from, who they pray to, their gender, who they love, how or where they live – deserves to live a life of equality, opportunity and wellbeing.