The Federal Government’s ‘cost of living’ budget has a sprinkling of short-term measures, while baking in $16 billion annual tax cuts for the benefit those on the highest incomes.

Meanwhile, the budget misses addressing housing affordability, the biggest pressure on household budgets.

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Aimee McVeigh said:

“The Federal Government says this budget addresses the growing cost of living, but it’s ignoring the biggest part of household budgets – housing costs.”

“We are in a housing crisis and the Federal Government has turned its back on renters and the 50,301 Queenslanders on the social housing waitlist.

“In a few years’ time there will be an additional 10,000 families in Queensland who will have their affordable housing ripped away from them when the Federal Government ends the National Rental Affordability Scheme. There is no plan to address this in the budget.

“The federal government made a commitment to improve women’s safety and end domestic and family violence, but this is not reflected in this budget.

“The number one reason people approach specialist homelessness services in Queensland is due to experiencing domestic violence, but by refusing to invest in social housing, we are condemning victim-survivors to live in their cars, raise their children in shelters or return to violent partners.

“Our home is where we can feel safe, care for our families and be ourselves. The Government should end homelessness by investing in social and affordable housing.”

30 March 2022