ALGA acknowledges the challenging fiscal environment facing the Australian Government and the Government’s commitment to return the Budget to a surplus by 2021.
ALGA notes with continued concern the stubbornly high level of unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, in rural and regional Australia. ALGA also notes the growing income disparity across Australia’s regions and the importance of supporting jobs growth, innovation and opportunities for all Australians regardless of where they live.
For these reasons, ALGA believes that the Federal Budget should prioritise investment in programs, projects and support that boost the capacity of our local communities, now and into the future.
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