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Budget Reply 2015


2015 Budget

This is not a Budget for Australia’s future – this is a short sighted attempt to save Tony Abbott’s job.

Tonight’s Budget has more tax, more debt and higher unemployment.

This Budget is fundamentally unfair.

It is the worst of all worlds.

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Launch of Labor's Women's Budget Statement

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Good morning everyone.

It is fantastic to see so many people here and it is fantastic to see so many people gathered to talk about what a Budget, and indeed a Government, can do to empower and support the march of women through our society.

I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet.

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Parents under attack from the Abbott Government

Tony Abbott has today defended his Ministers’ extraordinary attacks on Australian families in an appalling attempt to justify his harsh new cuts to Paid Parental Leave.

On Monday, Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison referred to parents who receive top-ups to their Paid Parental Leave as rorters.

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Short-sighted Budget creates uncertainty for Defence

Yesterday’s short-sighted Budget failed to fix the cuts, broken promises and uncertainty that has plagued Defence under the Abbott Government.

Abbott’s Budget only adds to the uncertainty facing Defence.

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Labor welcomes continued roll out on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Labor welcomes the continued rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that will see around 300,000 Australians with disability brought into the scheme over the next three years.

Many Australians have waited their whole lives for the NDIS.

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Abbott Budget flags attack on Australian shipping jobs

Tony Abbott wants to force Australian shipping companies to pay Australian mariners Third World wages in an ideologically charged attack on the viability of Australian shipping.

Budget papers released last night foreshadowed reforms aimed at “better aligning employment conditions for ships based in Australia with international standards’’.

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Budget Leaves WA's Position Bleak

Western Australia’s fiscal and economic future remains bleak and the Tony Abbott’s Budget offers little relief, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for WA Alannah MacTiernan has warned.

WA's share of Commonwealth funding will fall to just 6.9 per cent of total Commonwealth payments in the coming financial year.

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Brandis' Artless Budget

The Abbott Government’s short-sighted Budget has dragged the arts community into the dark ages as part of George Brandis’ grab for personal control over cultural funding. 

Following last year’s savage cuts to the arts, Senator Brandis has now cut another $104.7 million from the independent Australia Council and transferred it to his own Department.

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Budget Confirms $30 Billion in School Cuts Will Go Ahead

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have used the second Budget to lock in $30 billion of cuts to schools.

The Abbott Government’s refusal to properly fund our schools into the future shows just how short-sighted this Budget really is.

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Abbott's Fee Hike For Foreign Investors Risks Jobs

The Abbott Government needs to explain how its hike in fees for foreign investors will not deter investment and job creation in Australia.

The Budget contains 17 new taxes, doubles the deficit and contains more spending than it actually saves.

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