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Stanhope concerned about low income earners

By Thumper - 16 October 2007 13

The ABC online is reporting that Jon Stanhope has expressed concern after the release of figures by the Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) showing 13.5 per cent of Canberra households can be categorised as low income earners.

This apparently equates to around 30,000 people and Mr Stanhope has said he will work to lower that figure.

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Stanhope concerned about low income earners
jacross 10:18 am 17 Oct 07

If they are using the definition of poverty that ACOSS usually uses then take those figures with a grain of salt.

For the number that are rightfully considered as such, I’d be interested to hear what Stanhope’s policies on this will be.

Maelinar 8:27 am 17 Oct 07

poo to them. They can always move. I hear a few farmers are looking to walk off their farms, perhaps they could give farming a go – massive amounts of drought assistance, absolutely no farming experience required.

utah 10:55 pm 16 Oct 07

What about cheap access to education – both in terms of fees, and opportunity costs like lost wages or childcare? Give people a chance to support themselves for the rest of their lives, rather than just more long-term hand-outs.

BigDave 10:50 pm 16 Oct 07

Perhaps while Nohope is at it, he might like to go the whole hog. Why not force the bludgers in the flats on Northbourne Avenue to get off their lazy fat backsides and get jobs???

Nemo 10:43 pm 16 Oct 07

Health Care – There is plenty of free health care in the ACT – having recently had a serious accident I have accessed free health care many times over the last month and have been very happy with the service.

Most expensive rent in the country – how many of these households are in govt housing with life/long term tenure and pay no more than 25% of their income. Perhaps remove the tenure and only have people living in the houses who are currently in need.

Child care – most people on low incomes already have access to very generous child care rebates. In addition Centrelink will assist you with higher than normal rebates if you are in real need.

How many of these people are unemployed and capable of working, or students who could work, but choose not to.

There are so many job opportunities in Canberra at the moment – you dont need to be highly skilled or educated to get a reasonable paying job.

sepi 9:24 pm 16 Oct 07

Better childcare in more locations would also free people up to bus to work instead of driving all over town dropping kids off before work.

It must be a shocker to be a really low income earner in Canberra – no access to bulk billing, most expensive rent in the country, high rego fees, high grocery prices etc etc. Poor buggers.

VYBerlinaV8...the_or 8:56 pm 16 Oct 07

I like the idea of supporting child care more. That way we not only reduce the costs to families, but free up more people to enter the workforce to help deal with the skills shortage.

Ruby Wednesday 8:42 pm 16 Oct 07

caf, it should read ‘straightened circumstances’.

Ingeegoodbee 6:11 pm 16 Oct 07

Any approach should concentrate on providing genuine relief for the sorts of overheads that these families face. Lets be honest about this, from a business perspective the so-called ‘low income’ earner is more often than not the engine room of the private sector economy and there’s not a lot of wriggle-room for many businesses to pay more without eating into profits, which – lets be honest – is ultimately why most small business people are in business and therefore in a position to employ people.

For a start, you could kick the telecommunications services levee in the butt and provide an instant cut in phone bills and you could provide more financial support for working families with children in day-care so such a large proportion these families income isn’t chewed up in having the kids looked after properly while people are at work.

Morgan 5:07 pm 16 Oct 07

I know, raise Land taxes on rental properties so my landlord raises rent so high I can’t afford to exist anymore and I’ll move, surely that will lower the rates..

bonfire 4:59 pm 16 Oct 07

lower my rates.

$500 increase over 2 years does not match the services rcvd.

VYBerlinaV8...the_or 4:57 pm 16 Oct 07

So what’s he going to do to help them?

caf 4:48 pm 16 Oct 07

I have one question. What the blazes is a “straight end circumstance”?

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