Greens renew push for apy food subsidy
The Greens have renewed their push for free food assistance to low-income families, with a bill to become law this week to create a scheme to subsidise cooking for the needy, known as Apy Food Stamps.
The issue has sparked furious opposition from those in the agriculture industry, who argue the measures undermine efforts to provide people with safe and nutritious meals.
Ms Gillard’s government has been under pressure from the right-wing opposition and others, in particular, the Food and Drink Federation (Federation), to back down on the policy.
Coalition rejects claims it has a policy to give free food to the poor
The Liberal/National government’s budget for 2011 includes a $15 million extra for food stamp recipients to purchase a home-cooked meal from an apy food grant provider.
The Coalition says it is not a policy that the Federal Government has yet decided to implement but that it will seek feedback from experts and farmers who have already signed up.
“What the Prime Minister did was set out a program that was going to be launched this week, which is a good start, but it is very important we hear from those who are concerned about those kinds of things in their communities,” Opposition agriculture spokesman Matt Keating said.
Labor wants to introduce an ad-hoc plan to help people buy a home-cooked meal from an apy food grant provider
Labor has also set up its own National Low Income Housing Network, which aims to provid구미출장샵e free meals to people in emergency situations, to help those in temporary rental accommodation who do not have access to the emergency services.
“We are really taking the message to households and tellin울산출장마사지g them the government has been out in full force in their local community,” senior parliamentary Labor spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said.
Labor says the program, which is due to start in mid-2012, w일산안마ill save families $15,000 over five years, since people currently earning $150,000 to $160,000 are eligible for the food assistance benefits.
However, the Greens are calling on the government to put an end to the “free-to-go” policy of distributing food subsidies, to provide some cash for food banks to open and operate, in order to improve the situation for families in trouble.
“It’s a bit frustrating for those of us who are working with these people to have to deal with that, because we’re told