Income support to get through tough times
The United Australia Party agrees with the recommendation of the Business Council of Australia for Newstart to be increased, which states that the current level of Newstart payment is too low to support job search activities.
Real help to find employment
I wholeheartedly agree that the Jobactive system need significant structural change, and that Jobactive is not acting in the interests of the people it is designed to serve, but is in many cases a significant barrier to finding employment and is harmful. I assisted in the preparation of a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Jobactive and support its recommendations.
A secure, affordable home for everybody
7,000 Tasmanians access homelessness services each year, and this is unacceptable. Forgiving the debt to the Commonwealth for housing will enable investment funds to be allocated to increase public housing services. Federal funding for the Hobart City Mission to serve the homeless needs to be restored, immediately. It is United Australia Party Policy for interest rates on home loans to be tax deductible, making home loans more affordable, and affordable to more Tasmanians.
Quality health and community services for all in need
Our health services are in crisis. We are short of beds in our hospitals. Patients are kept in ED because of an unavailability of beds, which only ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’ and exacerbates the congestion of our emergency departments. We see regular ramping of ambulances. Our mental health services are inadequate, resulting in responsibility for mentally ill Tasmanians transferred from state care onto the shoulders of individuals and already stressed community organisations. We need both greater investment in our health services, as well as structural change in the treatment of patients with chronic illnesses, greater efficiency in non-medical services within the health system, and greater integration between health services, especially hospitals and community-based health organisations, in terms of case management. Lastly, we need to improve the affordability of access to general practitioners, by providing incentives for them to bulk-bill, thus alleviating stress placed on both ambulance services and emergency departments for the treatment of non-urgent conditions. Lastly, we need to examine the management of elective-surgery services, to reduce waiting lists for so-called elective surgery, which will have positive impact throughout the health system, socially and in terms of economics.