MEDIA RESPONSE: 2020/21 State Budget

12 November 2020

The following may be used as direct quotes from Ms Adrienne Picone, CEO, TasCOSS:

  • The government’s welcome shift towards prioritising investment in people’s health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 recovery is evident in this budget.
  • There remains a heavy emphasis by government on public and private infrastructure such as roads and buildings as a means to short-term economic recovery.
  • To make this infrastructure investment meaningful for all Tasmanians, investment is needed in the systems, programs and people that support us all to maintain or regain our health and wellbeing so we are able to participate fully both socially and economically.
  • One area identified as lacking during the health crisis was isolation and disconnection from education, work and support services resulting from poor digital access and skills.
  • This was evident across many population groups including older Tasmanians, people living on low incomes and those living with disabilities, retail businesses and many others.
  • Tasmania has the lowest rates of digital inclusion (Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2020). Without the necessary investment in adult and digital literacy, low and no cost devices and data, broad communities of Tasmanians will be further excluded.

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