Target Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
With the Federal Budget for 2014 set to be released next week,
speculation on extensive spending cuts and political reforms have
become a growing concern for Australians.
While Treasurer Joe Hockey has already announced that the
retirement age will be lifted from 65-70 2035, other
recommendations such as a deficit levy for high income earners,
and dramatic budget cuts on tertiary education and health sectors
have begun to frighten those that can be affected by the policy.
The Coalition has argued that this year’s Federal Budget is
necessary to get back on track after the Labour Government’s
overspending of the budget.
Sharing his views on the matter, Michael Addison, 37, Publican,
Kensington, said, “I think they should stop spending, and pay off
labours debt and cut to the bone.”
“It should all be on the table, we should be looking for efficiency
and I think we should stop having people expecting welfare and
expecting things for free… I think there are better ways of doing it
than a deficit levy”
As the upcoming budget concerns them, young Australians have
strong opinions on the matter.
Peter Stevens, 18, High School Student, Pyrmont, said, “I think it
wholly irresponsible on behalf of the federal government, especially
for people who went to school and education was free. It’s serving
more as a political thing than actually helping Australia, I don’t
think this budget is going to have any tangible benefits.”
Alana Kipriotis, High School Student, 18, Kensington, said, “My
older sister is going to uni and I’m sure she’ll be hit hard. That’s not
really feasible for her because it’s her money that comes out of
HECS.”
“[The budget] is really unfair for the elderly, at that age you just
want to relax and not work. You’re entitled to your retirement and
at 70, can you work physically?” She adds.
Similarly, while health cuts have become a concern for the general
public, many question why spending is being redirected to defence.
Chloe Roberts Young, 19, Student of Macquarie University, Ryde,
said, “I believe it’s very harsh and not really appealing to most
Australians. Particularly, with health cuts, a lot of Australians can’t
already afford a lot of health products or maintaining their health
will be put out by this due to the charges to see the GP and cuts to
pharmaceutical benefits scheme… and then they’re going to spend
money on defence, which is ridiculous when they’re making such
cuts to important industries and sectors.”
Others merely question the Coalition’s decision on breaking its
promises by increasing tax and implicating budget cuts.
Annie Tetzlaff, 27, Event Manager, Marrickville, said, “I am aware of
his broken promises and there will be budget cuts for things he said
he wouldn’t cut. I think he is a very bad representation of what a
world leader should be like and it’s an embarrassment for
Australia.”