Wimmera family: Federal Budget will make us struggle

BUDGET WOES: Eliza McAnulty, Horsham, with her sons Ethan, Ruben and Jesse. Mrs McAnulty said she was concerned about rising petrol prices.

BUDGET WOES: Eliza McAnulty, Horsham, with her sons Ethan, Ruben and Jesse. Mrs McAnulty said she was concerned about rising petrol prices.

A WIMMERA family believes new initiatives in the Federal Budget will make it difficult to make ends meet.

Tuesday’s budget includes petrol price increases and reduced income eligibility for Family Tax Benefits Part B, with the payment stopping when the child reaches school age.

Horsham mother of three Eliza McAnulty said the increasing cost of fuel was her biggest concern.

“We do countless trips to school and kindergarten every day, which are on the other side of town,” she said.

“Petrol is already beyond expensive – it will be $2 a litre before we know it.

“Smaller places like Halls Gap are more expensive again.”

Mrs McAnulty said the cost of living was rising but wages were not.

“We are a low income family, on a single income, with a mortgage – but we do the best we can,” she said.

“Thankfully we are entitled to some government help, otherwise we honestly couldn’t survive.

“We are doing what’s best for our family.”

Mrs McAnulty said she would lose her family tax benefits when her youngest child Ruben turned six.

She said she hoped to get a job by then, so the family wouldn’t struggle.

“When I can, I’ll get back into the workforce again,” she said.

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