YOUR SAY: Let’s support those who need it most

WE HAVE all heard about the Federal Government's attack on family payments as they strive to save about $4.8  billion from the budget.

They use words such as "not sustainable" and "double dipping" to justify taking about $3000 a year off single parents with children between 13 and 18.

Overall, Family Tax Benefit cuts will hurt 1.6 million families and three million children.

Why does this Federal Government still provide $5 billion each year to the big multinational mining companies under fuel excise subsidies scheme?

Not only do the big multinational mining companies get this bonus each year but they also do not pay their fair share of company tax to this country.

The companies will argue what they do is not illegal. They might be right but, at best, it is immoral.

On top of that, the massive downsizing in workforce numbers by these companies and in the instance of Blackwater, sacking the workforce and replacing them with contractors, should be good enough to stop the $5 billion each year to them.

$5 billion a year could then be used to stop attacking those in our society who have children and are unable to make ends meet because they are not as lucky as some.

Family tax benefits help people to meet the costs of childcare, utilities, health or household insurance, keep the car on the road and to provide some small luxuries for the kids, such as weekend sporting activities.

The silence from our local federal politicians tells me one thing; they fully support the big multinational mining companies above the ones that need it most.

Craig Allen

Secretary

Rockhampton - Queensland Council of Unions



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