NSW Budget’s anti-babyboomer Intergenerational Report

“CPSA  is concerned that the NSW Government’s Intergenerational Report focusses on how babyboomers will hold NSW’s economic performance back for decades to come without acknowledging past contributions, both economic and social, without factoring in the economic value of volunteering and grandparenting and without offering a strategy enabling babyboomers to continue to contribute”, said CPSA Policy Coordinator Paul Versteege in response to the NSW Budget.

“CPSA welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to its Ageing Strategy, specifically the continued funding of the Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit and the Tech Savvy Seniors Program, which enjoys a high degree of appreciation among older people.

“CPSA welcomes funding of $14m over four years to support the Social and Affordable Housing Fund, but urges the NSW Government to announce specific proposals and initiatives. At the same time, CPSA points out that waiting lists for social housing continue to be horrendous. As the Treasurer noted in her Budget Speech, NSW has an economy the size of Norway. The question is why doesn’t NSW take housing security as seriously as Norway?

“CPSA notes the use of the sale proceeds of Millers Point properties to construct 600 social housing units elsewhere, but CPSA also notes that this is no more than a drop in the bucket with some 60,000 mostly low-socio-economic households, including the elderly and people with a disability, on the waiting list.”

Paul Versteege 0410 612 182