THE federal budget was designed to bring voters like Kylie Grant back to the Labor fold.
The Kings Park single parent and mother of three will pocket an extra $1830 through the schoolkids bonus and increased family tax benefit A payments but she doesn’t think this will help with the increased cost of utilities and the impact of the carbon tax.
Ms Grant said she voted for Kevin Rudd in 2007 but wouldn’t vote for Julia Gillard because she was introducing a carbon tax she promised she wouldn’t.
“I’d give them back the money if they brought back Kevin Rudd,” she said.
“An extra $10-15 a week won’t make much of a difference. People are not looking beyond at the goods and services that will go up.”
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Ms Grant, who is studying at TAFE, will also be forced off the single parent pension when her youngest child, now three, turns eight, under reforms introduced in the budget.
“I find my kids (aged three, nine and 15) are better off and higher achievers because I am at home,” she said.
“It’s definitely not about being lazy.”
Greenway federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland said she had met people in her electorate who couldn’t afford a loaf of bread and the budget was sending an important message about “people doing it tough”.