Covid recovery path must prioritize people in need
The ACT government today agreed to develop a ‘social recovery plan’, proposed by MP Andrew Braddock, which first considers the most affected and marginalized groups, and ensures that the Canberrans have a real say to say about what they need to recover from the pandemic.
“It is true that some people will be able to return to relatively normal lives as soon as the restrictions ease, but the recovery will be much slower and more difficult for many people in our community and we need to prioritize these people in the recovery plan. the act. “said Braddock.
“The pandemic has worsened inequalities. The separation between those who have the foundations of a decent life and those who do not has never been clearer. The federal government is determined to wrest their reduced support from the people as soon as possible, leaving thousands of people in ACT in serious conflict.
“Canberra has, in my opinion, the most progressive and caring government in Australia. We now have an obligation to provide strategic advice and tangible support to help our most vulnerable Canberrans recover from the pandemic. This is why this motion calls on the leaders of all parties in the ACT Legislative Assembly to write to the federal leaders of their respective political parties, calling for an increase and indexation of all social security payments so that ‘they are above the Henderson poverty line. .
“It is essential that the plan is developed in collaboration with those affected and the wider community. This will give reassurance to these Canberrans that they are not being left behind, ”Braddock said.
“The plan should also include a path to rebuild the social fabric of Canberra, through the reintroduction of safe activities, and educational and volunteer opportunities, with an emphasis on community strengthening and inclusion. .
“ACT Greens bring to this assembly a deep commitment to grassroots participatory democracy and social justice. This motion reflects our commitment to work closely with and for the community, above all else. “
“I want every Canberran to be able to move freely in our city, access the services they need, have the financial resources they need to live well and be in touch with their family, friends and community.”