Local workers will have to wait four years for a pay rise under the Morrison Government’s economic plan for Australia.

That’s despite the Government spending an extra $100bn, bringing the national debt to a trillion dollars but seeing real wages actually falling.

Local Labor MPs welcome new spending on aged care, mental health and the Mt Ousley Interchange.

But they are astounded that Scott Morrison’s economic blueprint will see living standards going backwards and Illawarra families struggling to make ends meet.

They are disappointed the Morrison Government has chosen not to fund a domestic violence recovery centre, continuing to leave women and children in our community vulnerable.

There’s also nothing for one of our region’s biggest employers, the University of Wollongong which has seen a $90m hit to its budget and facing job cuts of up to 300 staff.

The plan for an Illawarra based Domestic Violence Trauma Recovery Centre – backed by both sides of politics has been ignored, despite experts advising the government it would provide a template for a national plan.

The Morrison Government’s budget represents a rejection of the bipartisan approach to Australia’s economic recovery from the covid crisis.

Local families expected more but have been left behind.

Labor will continue to fight for higher wages and better support for the local community.