LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The truth about the budget

May 2019

After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, and just six weeks before an election, this Budget was Scott Morrison’s last chance to reverse his cuts to the services that everyday Australians rely on.

But we now know that Scott Morrison has delivered an election con his budget is filled with the same Liberal cuts.

Like every Liberal budget before it, this budget fails the fairness test. This budget:
● Fails to reverse cuts to schools and hospitals;
● Fails to reverse cuts to TAFE and apprenticeships ━ in the past six years, the Liberals have cut $3 billion from TAFE and skills, and cut 150,000 apprenticeship places;
● Promises a surplus that is subsidized by short-changing people with disability through a massive underspend in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

There is no plan for wages, no plan to tackle power prices, no plan to address climate change, and no plan for the future.

The Liberals are presiding over an economy that doesn’t work in the interests of everyday Australians. Scott Morrison is too out of touch to understand this. Now our Labor team are currently pouring over the detail and you’ll be hearing more from us in the coming days.

Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer, Labor Party

Updated: 2019-08-13 — 19:07:52