Shorten pledges more money for schools and hospitals in response to Government budget

11 May 2018

Shorten pledges more money for schools and hospitals in response to Government budget

Opposition leader Bill Shorten responded to the Government’s proposed budget on Thursday night, criticising the Government for prioritising tax cuts for high-income earners and big business at the expense of schools, hospitals, and other services.

“Ten dollars a week! That’s all the Liberals think it will take for you to forgive and forget,” Mr Shorten said in Parliament.

“They think that for $10 you’ll forget they tried to put up your taxes last year; that for $10 you won’t care about the cuts to your child’s school; that for $10 you’ll forgive waiting for elective surgery at Australia’s hospitals; and that for $10 you won’t mind if you’re Internet’s no good, or your local TAFE is closing, or your daughter can’t find a place at uni.

“This Prime Minister is so out of touch he thinks that, if you get $10 a week, you’ll be fine with the banks getting a $17 billion giveaway.

“His $715 million cut to hospitals is still in the budget. His $17 billion cut to schools is still in the budget. And his $80 billion handout to big business, banks and multinationals is most certainly still in the budget.”

Mr Shorten announced that Labor’s plan would “deliver a bigger, better and fairer tax cut for 10 million working Australians”, amounting to “almost double … what the Government offer[s].”

In his speech, Mr Shorten pledged that Labor would:

  • restore Sunday penalty rates;
  • crack down on wages theft;
  • increase tax cuts for small business;
  • introduce tax incentives for companies who invest in domestic productivity;
  • modernise the auto industry;
  • establish a $2.8 billion fund to improve hospitals;
  • create a national integrity commission to improve accountability;
  • provide extra funding for prosecutors to follow through on the Banking Royal Commission;
  • cover the upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE places in high-priority sectors; and
  • increase infrastructure spending and prioritise local workers.