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The federal Budget this week prioritised measures aimed at alleviating the strain of living costs, responding to calls from various sectors addressing issues like homelessness, housing affordability, and electricity costs. Treasurer Jim Chalmers highlighted a $9.3 billion surplus while unveiling initiatives such as a power bill rebate, increased rental assistance, tax cuts, student debt reduction, and funding for domestic violence support and aged care. However, despite some welcome measures, organisations like the Antipoverty Centre, Mission Australia, and Anglicare expressed disappointment, emphasising the need for more substantial support, especially for disadvantaged Australians. Additionally, concerns were raised regarding the lack of sufficient support for mental health and environmental issues, indicating that while the Budget addressed some immediate concerns, deeper and more comprehensive solutions are needed for lasting impact.

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Olivia Mitchell