Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Tax cuts wrong way to help battlers: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) says the Budgets fails to deliver anything for low and middle income Australians.

ACOSS president Andrew McCallum says it was only three years since the last tax cut, and another one was not needed.

"We need more investment in education, housing and public health," Mr McCallum said.

"That's where the money should have gone, not into the tax breaks at this time.

"[The] ACOSS perspective is that this is a missed opportunity for us to invest further in the social infrastructure necessary in this country."

By ACOSS 14 May 03

PM man of steel? Or killer and a thief?

Is JOHN Howard a killer and a thief or a man of steel after he dropped bombs on innocent civilians in order to fix the problem in Iraq for trade agreements with the US? Thousands of children are now dieing of disease.



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Tough luck! Kicks the poor to death
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