Labor’s Cost of Living Committee launched in Hobart

Labor’s new national Cost of Living Committee has been launched in Hobart today.

Committee chair, the Member for Griffith and Senator Sam Dastyari said the Cost of Living committee will hear from people, charities and community organisations across the country about the rising cost of living in Australia.

Labor’s new national Cost of Living Committee has been launched in Hobart today.

Committee chair, the Member for Griffith and Senator Sam Dastyari said the Cost of Living committee will hear from people, charities and community organisations across the country about the rising cost of living in Australia.

"While cost of living pressures are nothing new, the recent Federal Budget has put more pressure on families that are already doing it tough," Ms Butler said.

“We want to hear from Australians about how cost of living issues are affecting them.

“We want to bring back a fair go for all Australians and we want to ease the financial pressure on households.”

“For too long politicians have been trying to tell the community what should be done - without actually listening to them first,” Senator Dastyari said.

“This is about identifying the pinch points that are hurting people the most.

“Our Cost of Living Committee will be hearing about a wide range of issues, including the increasing costs of healthcare, education, training, higher education, household energy and public transport.”

Ms Butler and Senator Dastyari are beginning a series of nationwide meetings in Hobart today.

“Whatever your circumstances, we want to know about your cost of living pressures,” Ms Butler said.

“People are already telling Labor that they are suffering and they are fearful because this harsh and unfair Budget will make matters worse, because of the proposed $7 GP tax, the petrol tax, the rising costs of medicines, and the cuts to pensions.”

The Committee will be conducting listening events across Australia and be hearing from families and community leaders about the financial pressures they are facing and ideas on how they can be eased.

The committee has been established as part of Labor’s policy development program. The outcomes from its work will inform future Labor policy.

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