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The 2016 Federal Budget delivered by Treasurer, Scott Morrison on Tuesday benefitted business, unemployed youth, property owners and women. However, it was also criticised, in particular for its lack of support for refugees.
The Refugee Council of Australia labelled the latest budget as a “do nothing document” in terms of national refugee policy. To find out more about this criticism, 4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford spoke with Refugee Council of Australia spokesperson, Tim O’Connor.
QLD budget highlights, Domestic Violence funding not enough, European countries refusing refugees could be asked to cover costs, and more Zedlines.
Queensland Budget Highlights
The budget handed down by Scott Morrison last night revealed that Queensland will receive an extra $2.6 billion of federal money.
For the health sector, key highlights include; $1.1 million a year for the next four years to address blood-borne viruses and STDs in the Torres Straits, $1 million to prevent and treat Zika virus cases, $10.4 million for mental health reform, $30.3 million for adult public dental services, and a $1.6 million dollar payment for breast cancer screening expansion.
Federal budget reduces foreign aid spending to record low , Artslink under voluntary administration, Mass Arrests of Protesters in West Papua and more Zedlines (Image ABC News: Matthew Roberts)
UNICEF expresses concern over last night’s budget
UNICEF has expressed serious concern over the announcement of last night’s budget and the implications it has for foreign aid and social services. Australia’s contribution to foreign aid has been reduced to zero point 22 percent (0.22%) of gross national income.
The budget revealed foreign aid was reduced by a further 224 million dollars, making it the lowest it has ever been.