Federal budgetDate Written: 31/01/2008
Year Published: 1989
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX3641
Abstract: The federal budget has been severely criticized by grassroots groups since it was released (after first being leaked) in late April. Among the budget's provisions are the cancellation of the promised national child care program, unemployment insurance cutbacks and premium increases, a regressive goods and services tax, and cutbacks in many programs which serve the poor, women, and other disadvantaged groups. Among the contentious items are a "claw-back" of old age security and family allowances, a measure which undermines the universality of social programs. Critics contend a fairer approach would be to tax those with higher incomes at a higher rate, but the government is unwilling to do this.