The Turnbull Government today also announced their eighth ‘compliance savings’ measure since the 2014 Budget.
These measures, originally announced in the election campaign, bring the total claimed saving from social security compliance to around $6 billion.
The Government must come clean on whether the previous measures have actually delivered the savings promised.
The Turnbull Government must prove that these measures are actually reducing fraud and not just an excuse to hurt pensioners, people with disability and vulnerable Australians.
They should also have to show how much these measures are actually saving the Budget. If they fail to do so, then these savings have zero credibility.
Labor believes that people who take advantage of the social security system and do the wrong thing should be investigated and required to repay the money. That’s only fair but pensioners and other vulnerable Australians need to know a strong social safety net is there when they need it.
If the Turnbull Government was serious about fixing the Budget and maintaining Australia’s AAA credit rating they would drop their $50 billion handout to big business immediately and crack down on the real fraudsters – multinationals failing to pay their fair share of tax.
However all we see from the Turnbull Government is empty talk about being tough, demonising pensioners and people with disability, and cuts to income support for vulnerable Australians.
MONDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2016