It beggars belief that the Government (in Minister Hume’s statement today) claims decent pay in aged care is “unaffordable” when they plan to give away $16B a year in high end tax cuts.
Aged care workers on $40,000 get token one off $400 payments ; people on $400,000 get permanent tax cuts worth $180 a week. In what universe is that a prudent and fair use of public funds?
The Royal Commission recommended billions more funding than the government has so far delivered. Yet it plans to give away $16B a year to people who don’t need it.
Government commitments to “guarantee” essential services are worthless without the revenue to pay for them.