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• I'm sitting at the dinner table at home but it's not the meal I'm having trouble digesting. It's the Budget. I'm a mixture of emotions – anger, frustration, but mostly I feel abandoned.
I look at my parents – both in their mid-50s and living off my mother's income from two jobs as my dad is on sick payments –and I think "property tax".
I think of my sister, who is married with a two-year-old girl and pregnant with twins. She is about to start maternity leave and her husband works as a care assistant on a casual basis. I think "childcare cuts and maternity leave tax".