What the budget means for you
Budget reports have revealed that women will be disproportionately affected by many of this year’s budget measures, including the controversial changes to Medicare payments, student loan interest and super contributions for low-income workers.
To pass these changes, the Government will need the support of the Senate – and if we can show the key balance of power Senators the devastating impact these measures will have in their electorates, we might just be able to help stop these changes in their tracks.
We know that individual stories and messages from people in their electorates can have a powerful impact on politicians. As a growing community of people who care about fairness for women, sharing our stories is a key way we can pressure our Senators to vote for a fairer budget.
Can you tell us how these key measures will affect you, and the people you care about? We'll make sure the key decision makers receive your story before they cast their vote on these crucial issues.
Here are some things you might want to mention:
- Women with student loans who take time off work to have a baby, who face paying 30% more in interest on their university student loans than their male counterparts — thanks to changes to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP),
- Women who earn up to $37,000 a year — that’s half of all working women — who will lose up to $500 a year in tax rebates on their super thanks to the abolition of the Low Income Super Contribution,
- Women, particularly older women who already facing economic inequality as a result of lower pay and superannuation over their lifetime, are likely to be disproportionately affected by changes to Medicare charges, including the GP co-payment,
- These impacts will be compounded for any women also affected by budget cuts to disability services, indigenous services, family payments, legal services or other important programs.
Find out more
 Women who have a child 'face paying 30% more interest on student loans, The Guardian 20 May 2014.
 #Budget2014 health measures to have bigger impact on women, Croakey, 19 May 2014.
 'Counting dead women' as legal cuts hurt victims of violent crime, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2014.