Senate debates

Tuesday, 9 May 2023

Questions without Notice


2:51 pm

Photo of Don FarrellDon Farrell (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Trade and Tourism) Share this | Hansard source

I thank Senator O'Neill for her second supplementary question. This government will make substantial investments through the budget this year to provide cost-of-living relief, make meaningful improvements to services like Medicare, and make child care cheaper. For single parents, we know there are pockets of disadvantage and communities right around Australia where people continue to struggle to get ahead. These measures will provide structural household budget relief once legislated.

I remind the Senate we have also established an expert economic inclusion advisory committee and asked them to give us advice on boosting economic inclusion and tackling disadvantage. I acknowledge Senator Pocock's advocacy alongside the government in establishing this committee.

Addressing cost-of-living pressures is consistent with what Labor said we would do before the election—what Labor governments always do. When the Liberal-National governments talk about cost-of-living pressures, we know it has been tough because Australians are paying the price. (Time expired)


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