Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has revealed Labor’s plan to improve the cost of living, on the back of a startling report from Victoria’s Energy and Water Ombudsman.
“A recent report has named Bendigo as having one of the highest rates of financial hardship in the state.”
“This report highlights just how tough things are for households across the Bendigo electorate.”
“I’ve met with many Central Victorian families, residents and businesses who are struggling to keep up because of skyrocketing bills, stagnant wages and the general cost of living.” Chester said.
Jenny Elvey from Bendigo Financial and Family Services says their demand is increasing.
“We receive 20-30 new enquiries a week for financial counselling,” Elvey said
“At this stage there’s an 8-10 week waiting list - we can put some of those into emergency relief when needed but things aren’t getting any easier.”
A Federal Labor Government will ease the cost of living for Central Victorians. Labor will:
- Lower energy bills by better regulating power prices and aim for one million energy saving batteries in homes and apartments, subsidising the cost for low-to-medium income households,” Chesters said.
- Reduce out of pocket fees for health and education by investing an additional $1 billion to public hospitals and $14 billion to public schools.
- Reform and extend the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to provide incentives for the construction of 250,000 new affordable rental dwellings.
- Look after working people by introducing bigger tax cuts for low and middle income earners. 10 million Australians better off under our tax cuts.
- Boost wages by reversing cuts to penalty rates, cracking down on sham contracting and making sure labour hire workers are paid the same as other workers.
- Increase funding by $40 million for emergency relief services who support people in financial crisis.
Furthermore, Federal Labor believes the minimum wage should be a living wage, particularly at a time when company profits are growing five times faster than wages.
Labor will work in the interest everyday working Australians, unlike the Liberals who protect their mates at the top end of town.