Senator calls for locally backed alcohol plan for rural Australia
Sorry, this video has expired Video: Kevin Rudd: We need a better plan for rural Australia (7pm TV News QLD)
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Rudd says the cost of investing in a scheme like this would be at least $150 billion
Labor says the plan must focus on rural Australia
The Government has rejected suggestions it will put an end to the current $30 billion in national emergency funds which it says is vital for rural Australia.
But Kevin Rudd says the plan must be focused on those who will benefit, not all the rest of the nation.
Mr Rudd says $35 billion a year for rural communities would be much more than sufficient to rebuild and restore a nation.
He says investing in rural communities is crucial to meeting national targets like reducing violence and reducing mental health costs.
“This is not just about money, it’s about people, it’s about families, it’s about schools and hospitals,” he told the ABC’s Lateline program.
“We’ve got more than two million people living in poverty in Australia today. We need to be a national leader in that, and we cannot neglect the need for rural resilience.
“But it must be a national commitment, and it must be in the context of putting a plan in place that would invest in those communities who need the support.”
Opposition health spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said the Treasurer was right to make the call to tackle the nation’s alcohol problem and increase investment in regional areas.
She says the Government needs to commit to $15 billion by 2015 to fund a national alcohol plan and reduce violent crime.
Ms Macklin also says those who don’t have the money should be supported to ensure they are well cared for and supported to have better lives.
Labor has called for an independent inquiry into the country’s “hastening death of hope” in order우리카지노 to address the nation’s alcohol crisis.
The Opposition leader says the Tre바카라사이트asurer’s response to the crisis will be one that will lead to more deaths and more violence in Australia.
“This is our deathbed for one of the biggest challenges we have today, but it doesn’t have to be,” Mr Rudd said.
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