ONE YEAR OF TURNBULL: BAD FOR FAMILIES, PENSIONERS, THE VULNERABLE

September 14, 2016


One year after becoming Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to vulnerable Australians remain exactly the same as Tony Abbott’s.

Malcolm Turnbull memorably said there would be “continuity with change” under his leadership.

One year on and it’s been all continuity and no change in the social services portfolio. 

Malcolm Turnbull has doubled down on many of the old zombie measures from the 2014 and 2015 Budgets. These include:

  • One month wait for income support for jobseekers under 25;

  • Increasing the pension age to 70;

  • Cuts to Paid Parental Leave;

  • Abolishing the Pensioner Education Supplement;

  • Abolishing the Education Entry Payment ;

  • Cuts to the amount of time migrant pensioners can spend overseas before their pension is cut; and

  • Cuts to Family Tax Benefits. 

Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts are a carbon copy of Tony Abbott’s.

Instead of meaningful reform all we hear is the same old divisive rhetoric from the Liberals.

Scott Morrison talks about the “taxed and taxed nots” just as Joe Hockey talked about the “leaners and lifters”. 

One year on nothing has changed under Malcolm Turnbull.

WEDNESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2016

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