Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan will deliver the budget on Tuesday night.
Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan will deliver the budget on Tuesday night. Kari Bourne

Federal Budget will be a pain in the wallet

EDITORIAL: Tuesday night's Federal Budget is expected to be one of the toughest for years - no surprises there.

The phrase "budget surplus" is nothing but a pleasant memory at this point, and with a predicted $17 billion fall in tax revenue, it seems it might as well be struck from the dictionary.

When times are this tight, any cuts that are made will hit bone, or at least the back pocket of taxpayers who are already struggling.

It has been revealed that the Federal Government will spend $637 million on repairs to the Bruce Hwy, while also working out how to fund programs like the NDIS and the Gonski reforms.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that promised increases in Family Tax Benefits won't materialise, and we can expect cuts of $2.8 billion to tertiary education.

There has been no mention yet of aged-care funding, and that is one of the areas that will have the most affect on Fraser Coast families.

This region desperately needs educational facilities for our young people, because we are struggling to attract professionals who have trained elsewhere. If we can't attract the staff to run our medical and aged- care facilities, the burden will increasingly fall on families.

Without education, the youth will leave. Without care, the elderly and their families will suffer.

Like many others, I will be watching this budget with great interest.



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