Recently, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg claimed that women were “ better off under the Coalition”.
This is not true.
The LNP Government has presided over one of the worst social crises ever to unfold in Australia.
Since the Coalition first came to office 2013, women aged 50 and over have become impoverished on a mass scale. There are over 400,000 women aged 50+ who are already homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. For some time now, older women have constituted the majority of those on Newstart/Jobseeker and they are on it for the longest periods.
For those who cannot believe that the situation is so bad, I refer you to https://lnkd.in/gXqxDXak
1. The policies of the LNP Federal Government have contributed significantly to this downward spiral for older women, including keeping Newstart/Jobseeker at $44 per day.
2. The LNP Federal Government has refused to address or take action to alleviate this suffering. One obvious example is that it has rejected budgeting for social housing.
3. The final ignominy is that just as older women are invisible in society, so too are they invisible to the Federal Government of Australia. There is no acknowledgement that the economic insecurity and social exclusion of women aged 50+ is a rapidly escalating social crisis in Australia.
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