Treasurer Michael Costa says a 2.5% pay increase will keep pace with inflation. ‘With my costs of living increasing more than 6% over the past year, 2.5% will send me backwards,’ said Josie Byrne, RN at Ryde Community Mental Health Centre and mum of Sam, 1, and Matilda, 3. ‘My child care costs alone have risen more than 15%,’ she said.
‘We’ve cut all non-essential expenses and we’re still struggling. We don’t go out, we rarely have take away and we haven’t had a family holiday in ages. We have nothing else to trim,’ said Josie.
In the past 12 months Josie’s expenses have risen:
Petrol : 18.9%
Housing : 7.1%
 Source: the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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