Big spend to protect vulnerable

  • Paul Austin
  • May 5, 2009

A $925 million social welfare package to help Victorians hit by the global recession will be a centrepiece of today's state budget.

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The program, "A Fairer Victoria", is designed to help the state's most vulnerable citizens — including new migrants, Aborigines, families with disabled children and people with a mental illnesses — who are likely to suffer most as unemployment rises and the economy slows.

The package will include $150 million to recruit an extra 280 mental health workers, and $8 million for extra support for people with autism.

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