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We haven’t hear a lot from our new social services minister since he was handed the job by Malcolm Turnbull a few weeks ago. This is fair enough, considering Christian Porter’s wife just had a baby.

However, in one of his first appearances he has already indicated he is out of touch with the needs of many Australians, suggesting that one of the first places he would look to trim the budget is by taking welfare away from those who need it most.

Speaking with Alan Jones on Sky News, the former West Australian treasurer indicated that he had his eye on support payments for carers, which he says have been growing by 14 per cent each year, and also the Disability Support Pension.

He also said he had to “restrain” the growth in Family Tax Benefits, reports Fairfax media.

“[This] is another massive area of expenditure, in excess of $20 billion worth of taxpayers’ money a year.”

We spoke to Geoff Rowe from Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy about how these cuts would affect carers and the parents, partners and children they support. 

He said many would be forced back into full-time work and the person they care for would have to go into either aged-care facilities or the health system, potentially taking up hospital beds. Based on the experiences of the thousands of carers QADA has spoken to, Mr Rowe believed carers would face extreme levels of anxiety if they were to lose their support payments.

He pointed out that the idea of cutting carer or disability payments was counter productive and did not take the whole economic picture into account.

“Carers play a huge role in providing unpadid or very low paid support, if they weren’t there, many people would have to enter the health system, hospitals or aged care facilities earlier and that is a far more expensive options for governments in the long run.”

Labor’s Jenny Macklin, families and payments spokeswoman, said, “The fact that Christian Porter has flagged another round of cuts in the middle of anti-poverty week shows just how out of touch he is.”

“You cannot bring the budget back into surplus by cutting support to the most vulnerable Australians.”

Do you think carer’s pensions are fair game or should the social services minister be looking elsewhere to save money?

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  1. This is just another slap in the face for Australian’s and what will next after that? who will they hurt them? just vote them out

  2. Just doing what this government does best, attacking the vulnerable whilst looking after their corporate donors

  3. I still don’t understand why those in need eg pensioners are the first ones to have their incomes cut, why not the wealthy and big business, can someone please explain this ludicrous government act to me????

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    • I would imagine it is because we are usually the last to complain….which I think is not the case with us !! And at least with a new government we have a chance to see what they would be like, lets face it, they could not be any worse! I for one will not be voting for either of the two big ones next time.

    • Unfortunately, the wealthy and big business would rather pay their lawyers to stop any thing like that

    • Dorothy, are you saying you will vote for these people again because you are not sure the others would be better? Ask them! You probably have a number of choices in the lower house, and dozens of choices in the Senate. Do some research and analyse which applicant for the job of representing you (and that is what they are supposed to do) is the most worthy.

      I get so frustrated with people who won’t engage in the political process.

    • Rob Mcgrath not at all I’m saying the politicians all say one thing and do another, who can we trust to do the right things by the majority( poorer majority) of Australia’s workers past and present.

  4. It is hard enough to get through life with a disability without the Government making life harder, carers save this country millions of dollars per year by looking after the disabled at home. They give up superannuation, holiday pay, and the many benefits working can give to look after these disabled people, this Government needs to cut their own salaries first

  5. This is just crap. I have emailed the PM with my article from Monday. I have asked him to read it and the responses. I have asked him to respond and not ignore me or pass me on to someone else. We will see. As I said, this is just crap. We need to stand up together people!

  6. It seems that this govt is hell bent on attacking the people that can’t fight back. They know they can do this because most of the poor are labour voters so the govt is not loosing votes by doing this

  7. The Aged and Disabled once again in the blind eyes of the Govt, why the hell do they always pick on these groups is it because they think we won’t answer back or just hoping that we will accept their stupidity, what about the people on the dole that have never ever had a job or want a job or all the illegals that get accepted and are handed everything on a silver platter or the big business and the super wealthy that know how to avoid paying taxes pick on them leave us alone we worked hard all our lives never complained or ripped the govt off

  8. Vote them out, they may have a change of leadership but they are just as malicious as ever, new face on the snake

  9. Just shows new leader same policies but if labour do not pull their socks up they will forever loose my vote as well. This country is headed for the dog house.

  10. Another kick in the guts for vulnerable people, I have always said that our POLITICIANS LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR BLOODY FRIENDS, It’s time to get rid of this out of touch GOVERNMENT because let’s face it they don’t even understand that if they do this there will be the need for more nursing homes and hospital beds to house these people and guess what? That will cost the GOVERNMENT $100,000 of dollars more than the bloody carers payment.

  11. Leave carers pensions alone…they actually save the country money that would need to be spent on facilities for the aged that we just don’t have enough of. Being a carer is a hard and thankless, lonely job and l have great admiration for them. We looked after my mother in law and it got too much so we had to put her in care facility. ..broke our hearts.

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  12. I think that this is totally counter productive and will have the opposite effect to the one he is obviously hoping for. By removing the carers pension a lot of people being cared for at home will have to as Mr Rowe said go in some sort of facility. It would certainly cost more to care for someone in a facility than to be cared for at home by a carer. Obviously there are probably people out there that are defrauding the system. Though how they get through the checks and balances I don’t know. When my parents were alive my Mum was my Dads carer. I think she received about $100 a fortnight on top of her aged pension. When Dad went into aged care it certainly cost a lot more than that to care for him. This proposal does not make economic sense. Or perhaps I am missing something? Also I am alarmed that the Disability Support Pension is being targeted. I have had some experience with the process to get this pension and believe you me you have to be extremely disabled to qualify.

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