Murwillumbah Business Chamber president Toni Zushcke said it was important the Federal Budget looks after pensioners.
Murwillumbah Business Chamber president Toni Zushcke said it was important the Federal Budget looks after pensioners.

Business leader's budget wish

PENSIONERS and apprentices – those are the two groups Murwillumbah business spokesperson Toni Zuschke is hoping will benefit most from tonight's Federal Budget.

“People entering the workforce and people who have retired and left the workforce are our weakest link," said Mrs Zushcke, the recently elected president of the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber.

“They are the ones that can't spend because they have not been catered for.

“I will be interested to see what the government has got planned there.”

Mrs Zuschke said Tweed businesses were highly reliant on both groups, particularly pensioners because the area has the highest proportion of aged residents in New South Wales.

“I don't think there's enough for pensioners. They are one of our major concerns,” she said.

“There really should be a lot more put in for them. A lot of people are struggling and pensioners are among them, especially single pensioners.”

Mrs Zuschke said trainees and apprentices also required a better deal because of the low wages many received.

“With some traineeships people are getting $225 a week gross," she said.

“Why would they get off their butts and off the dole for an extra 25 bucks a week and work?"

* For more on tonight's Federal Budget announcement see tomorrow's Tweed Daily News.


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