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There will be nearly $50 million spent on the transfer of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, the ACT Government’s Budget papers have revealed. Source: Canberra Times.
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum is concerned that the Albanese Government has not funded the expansion of Australia’s humanitarian program despite committing to raise the humanitarian intake to 27,000 places over four years at last year’s election.
More Catholic organisations have responded to the Albanese Government’s Budget, praising it for shining a spotlight on the cost-of-living crisis but cautioning that it will not be enough to alleviate the strain on many Australians. Source: The Catholic Weekly.
A modest increase in unemployment benefits and cheaper health care are the key pledges in a federal Budget tasked with helping the nation’s most vulnerable as living costs continue to hurt households. Source: ABC News.
Catholic Health Australia and Caritas Australia have welcomed key commitments for the aged care sector and regional aid in the Albanese Government’s Budget.
An increase in Commonwealth rent assistance has been mooted as a Budget measure to ease the housing crisis for those on lower incomes, but Anglicare Australia has warned the payment is not “fit for purpose” and has no effect on affordability. Source: The Guardian.
Almost $15 billion in cost-of-living relief over four years will be at the centre of the Albanese Government’s second Budget, but a key element – electricity bill relief – is being criticised as insufficient and short-lived. Source: ABC News.
More than 250,000 aged care staff – including nurses, carers, cooks and home care workers – will receive 15 per cent pay rises from July 1 under an $11.3 billion package in next Tuesday’s federal Budget. Source: The Australian.
Struggling households are being promised a substantial cost-of-living relief package in next week’s federal Budget after a shock decision by the Reserve Bank to drive official interest rates to an 11-year high. Source: The Age.