Budget falls short on investment to break the cycle of disadvantage

he NSW Budget has attempted to manage the crisis facing vulnerable people and families but lacks the vision to break the generational cycle, warns Greens MP and spokesperson on Family and Community Services and Housing, Jan Barham.
 
"If this Government trumpeted investments in support for disadvantaged people and families like it does for roads, we could secure long-term reductions in risk, harm and homelessness. Investing in prevention and early support services will deliver long-term savings and reduce the need for crisis services in the years and decades to come," Ms Barham said.
 
"The Budget includes some new funding to address the crisis in child protection and homelessness services, but the Government's own projections show they aren't expecting reductions in the number of people who need those services.
 
"The Government has again failed to display the long-term vision required to deliver what the evidence shows is required - a major investment in prevention and early supports for vulnerable families, combined with secure and affordable housing to address the massive social housing waiting list."

The privatisation budget for the big end of town

The Baird government is undermining the state's future revenue base to promise big projects for an election year and deliver tax cuts to the corporate sector, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
 
Dr Kaye said: "Treasurer Andrew Constance says that his government is now in control of the NSW budget.
 
"This is untrue.
 
"Real control has passed to the business sector who will reap the benefits of more than $780 million in the abolition of transfer and duty taxes.
 
"The construction industry will profit from the so-called recycling of assets and the business community will reap a lion's share of the benefits of new infrastructure.
 
"Big business has a Treasurer and a Premier who give them exactly what they want, despite the long term impacts on services and the state's revenue base.

Injured workers continue to hurt, while employers have their costs cut

Injured workers who are struggling to survive on workers compensation benefits have been struck another blow by the NSW Coalition government with its budget decision to cut employer premiums by 5% rather than using this money to restore benefits that were slashed in 2012 'reforms' .
 
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
 
"Thousands of injured workers are living at or below the poverty line under this brutal scheme, but rather than restoring their benefits the Baird Government has chosen to cut employer premiums.

‘Ag Gag’ Laws Push Misguided

Greens NSW MP and Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has reported plans to introduce so called ‘ag-gag’ laws that would criminalise exposing animal cruelty on farms. She has also criticised the misuse of the proposed new biosecurity framework to pursue animal activists rather than focus on protecting our environment and agricultural sector.
 
Dr Faruqi said: “To call animal welfare activists who expose animal cruelty ‘terrorists’ really is a form of ridiculous hyperbole.
 
“The Primary Industries Minister has called animal activists ‘terrorists’ in the past and the Roads and Freight Minister has used similar ridiculous language in a response to a question I asked in parliament several weeks ago.

Activist gag laws another attack on free speech and animal welfare

Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce of using biosecurity as a cover to introduce "ag-gag" laws as a way to shut down scrutiny of animal cruelty.
 
"Instead of working with farming communities to improve animal welfare, Minister Joyce is trying to hoodwink the Australian people by citing biosecurity as a reason to introduce laws protecting perpetrators of animal cruelty," said Senator Rhiannon.