Labor’s new Cost of Living Caucus Committee has kicked off locally, with Opposition Leader and Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten visiting Braybrook and Maidstone Neighbourhood House to speak with residents and staff.
Mr Shorten said that as part of the Committee’s process, residents, community organisations and charities would be invited to attend forums and provide submissions on the growing cost of living.
“Braybrook residents are some of the worst affected by increases to the cost of living, and under the Abbott Government’s Budget it will be even harder for them to make ends meet,” Mr Shorten said.
“By introducing a GP tax, increasing prices for petrol and medicines and making cuts to pensions and family assistance, this Government is just creating a heavier burden for local families.”
Mr Shorten said the Committee has been established as part of Labor’s policy development program and would inform future policy outcomes.
“I know that many people in our community are genuinely fearful about what the future may hold. I say to them, Labor is listening and we want to hear from them about how they are being impacted.”
“This is an opportunity for Maribyrnong residents to help build Labor’s policy for our future.”
Mr Shorten invited members of the local community to make a submission, via www.alp.org.au/costofliving