Budget 2014: Tough for Ballarat families

Faye and Fabio Caris
Kids Joey 4, Evie 2, and Maddie 6
Faye and Fabio Caris Kids Joey 4, Evie 2, and Maddie 6

FAMILIES will carry much of the burden from Tuesday night's federal budget.

While the budget didn't contain any hidden surprises, with most of the cuts detailed over the past few months, the country will be footing the bill in Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget.

Mr Hockey described the budget as being in the "national interest" and took on board multiple recommendations from their Commission of Audit.

Two of more high profile changes include a $7 fee on GP visits and a reintroduction of the fuel tax excise which will add around three cents to the price of petrol. 

Mother of three Faye Caris said she understood why people might think families would be hit the hardest, however, believed everyone was being hit with some of the costs being shared. 

"I don't really think it is families, it seems to be everyone," she said. 

"Everyone is being hit hard." 

She noted in particular a tax increase to those who earn more than $180,000 as one things that she was surprised by. 

Another change which caught Ms Caris by surprise was that unemployed younger people will now need to wait six months before receiving allowances from the government.

"I don't like the implication that people who are not working, don't want to work," she said. 

"Not being able to work for six months will put more pressure on families." 

Ms Caris said she was concerned Mr Hockey was not being as clear cut as he should be when delivering the budget last night.

"He said the extra money for petrol would be used on roads and the GP co-payment would be used for more funding into health, but didn't we always have money for these things?" she said. 

However, Ms Caris did agree something needed to fix the problems with economy. 

The commission of audit was a review and report on the performance, functions and roles of the commonwealth government was a completed by an independent body 


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