Win for Social Infrastructure and Jobs

13 February 2009

ACOSS has applauded the passing of the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package which should see tens of thousands of jobs created through investment in social infrastructure projects.

Clare Martin, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service:

“The economic stimulus package will see extraordinary investment in social housing, ensuring more low income families have a secure place to call home and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs.”

“Among the winners of the economic stimulus package are people struggling with housing costs, children needing better school facilities, and households wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.”

“We welcome amendments to the package by the Australian Greens for more assistance for low income and unemployed people, such as relaxing the liquid assets test for unemployment benefits.”

“ACOSS has urged the Newstart Allowance be increased by $30 to $255 per week for single people as well as investment in work experience programs to help long term unemployed people re-engage with the labour market. The Government has an opportunity in the May Budget to protect and assist people who have lost their jobs.”

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