April 04, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has just four weeks to either drop his unfair Budget cuts or take them to an election.

Mr Turnbull’s cuts include:

  • Cuts to Family Tax Benefit supplements, leaving 1.5 million families and three million children worse off.

  • Cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B for single parents.

  • Cuts to paid parental leave, hurting about 80,000 new mums every year.

  • Cuts to the Age Pension for more than 330,000 retirees.

  • Cutting the pension for 190,000 elderly migrants who want to visit family overseas.

  • Increasing the pension age to 70 – the oldest pension age in the world.

  • Axing the Schoolkids Bonus, making it harder for parents to prepare their kids for school.

  • Forcing young jobseekers to live off nothing for one month.

  • Changing the age of eligibility for Newstart and Youth Allowance.

Because the Parliament has been prorogued, the Government might try to hide these cuts in the Budget without introducing new legislation.

But Australians know a Turnbull trick when they see one. If Mr Turnbull doesn’t drop these measures from the Budget, that means he is taking them to the election.

Labor will campaign against Malcolm Turnbull’s cruel cuts and cost of living increases right up to election day.  

Mr Turnbull needs to stop the waffle and the tricks and just be honest with the Australian people about his Budget cuts.  

The clock is ticking. It’s time Mr Turnbull dropped his unfair cuts.