11 May 2018Hot off the Press
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: