Families, GP have low expectations of federal budget
GLADSTONE GP John Bird knows tonight's federal budget will be a tight one, and he's not optimistic Treasurer Wayne Swan will find any cash for community health services.
"It's going to be a 'battening down the hatches' budget," Dr Bird said. "It won't address any real issues."
Dr Bird is already unimpressed with the government's announcement that 0.5% of gross national income to aid spending would be deferred by another year to 2017-18.
When the budget is announced, Dr Bird will pay close attention to Medicare rebates and funding allocated to house and train medical graduates.
Dr Bird said there were an enormous number of medical graduates coming through the system.
"The budget should make sure there are enough placements and housing (for them)," he said.
"If the maldistribution medical workforce isn't addressed, people in rural areas will suffer."
Mum of three and full-time university student Leisa McLeod will be keeping an eye on anything that affects families.
With three children under 11, the busy mum and student relies heavily on childcare assistance.
"Without the benefit and rebate, my kids wouldn't be able to go to daycare," she said.
Health care will also be of interest, as two of Leisa's children regularly see foot specialists in Brisbane.
She said the cost of living was much higher in the Gladstone region.
Leisa said tonight's budget would have some effect on how she voted in the federal election in September.