Thursday, 06 February 2014 23:29

Australians Are Ready and Willing to Pay Tax for Social Services, ANUpoll Shows

The findings of today’s ANUpoll on public priorities for Government spending are welcome, and are particularly timely in the lead up to the May budget, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says.

“Australians want to see increased Government spending on social services, the ANUpoll shows. And we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is. People don’t want tax cuts at the expense of social services,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.

“In particular, there is a desire for Government to invest more in health and education, and adequate income support for older Australians.

“It is not the time for misplaced austerity. We are a decent, prosperous, generous nation.

Together, the community sector, business and government can secure better outcomes.

People matter and should be at the centre of the debate.

“As the Crawford School of Public Policy’s Professor Quentin Grafton says, the Commission of Audit will, no doubt, recommend cuts in spending. Thus, knowing what people care about in terms of taxes and transfers will be important for the Government as it makes multi-billion-dollar Budget choices,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.

“We can build and sustain a decent society where no one is left behind.”

For more information about the poll:

http://news.anu.edu.au/2014/02/06/anupoll-finds-support-for-government-spending/