People without a home or who are at risk of becoming homeless will take little comfort in the Abbott Government’s second Budget, with an $88 million cut in funding as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
This was a Budget full of short term fixes, and nothing for Australia’s future.
The Government’s short term fix for homelessness was confirmation the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness would only be funded for two years.
And there was no capital money for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, leaving an $88 million hole in funding for critical services.
The Government ignores the fact that the capital component of the NPAH helped build a safe roof over the heads of these women, children and young people, especially when it comes to fleeing domestic violence.
The Budget contained not one single new commitment towards helping people put a safe and affordable roof over their heads.
Homelessness services have called on the Government to extend their funding to provide them with the confidence they need to continue to plan for their future, but like many other announcements tonight this is yet another short-sighted attempt by Tony Abbott to save his job.
This Budget confirms that people who do not have safe and secure housing just do not register on this Government’s list of priorities.
This Budget has failed the future test and it has failed the fairness test.
The fundamental unfairness of last year’s Budget disaster remains – all but two measures from last year’s Budget remain in this Budget.