With the economy in a Covid crisis, we ask people across states, sectors and stages of life where their priorities now lie

Kuda Mangoma
Kuda Mangoma: ‘I’ve had a hit of depression, and so mental health is one of my biggest concerns.’ Photograph: Alana Holmberg/The Guardian 

Australians are hoping to see extended financial support for workers in industries crippled by Covid-19 restrictions, as well as policies to make renewable energy cheaper and more accessible.

While the government has indicated job creation will be at the centre of Tuesday’s federal budget, Guardian Australia spoke to Australians across several states, sectors and stages of life about where they want the government to spend money.

Kuda Mangoma, 28, artist, inner Melbourne, Victoria

After leaving his office job in September last year, Kuda had begun working at a cafe part-time so he could focus on a career as an artist.

Kuda had been planning to move to Zimbabwe in late March with his wife. He had family there, and the pair wanted to open an art gallery and cafe.