Kiama Greens back rallies

Kiama Greens convenor Howard R Jones.

Kiama Greens convenor Howard R Jones.

THE Kiama Greens have thrown their support behind rallies which they say will highlight the federal government’s "cruel and uncaring" budget.

The Shoalhaven Greens are joining a community rally in Nowra this Sunday to coincide with a Bust the Budget rally being organised for the same day in Sydney by Unions NSW.

Kiama Greens convenor Howard R Jones said the recent Commission of Audit report which formed the basis for the cuts to government spending was “totally flawed”.

He said this was the case because it failed to investigate possible revenue changes which would increase income and in doing so forced the sick, young and vulnerable to take the brunt of the cuts.

“The so-called ‘budget emergency’, which has been used as the excuse for making young people wait six months for income support, for taking away universal health care from sick people through the $7 co-payment, for reducing support for apprentices and massively increasing University fees, for slashing funds to the ABC and SBS, for downgrading the importance of science, the CSIRO and the environment and once again picking on single parents, has been declared by many leading economists to be nothing more than an ideological attack on the most vulnerable groups in the community,” he said.

The Kiama Greens will join with other Greens groups, the union movement and organisations representing students, the unemployed, single parents, pensioners, the sick and others in the Shoalhaven and the Illawarra who will they claim will be impacted by these cuts to services.

They will also call on the Senate to block the changes.

The Bust the Budget rally will take place on the eastern side of the Princes Highway, opposite the council chambers on Sunday from 10.30am.   

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