April 18, 2016

Mr Turnbull’s upcoming Budget needs to immediately address the dire situation for students with disability, with yet more evidence of the pressure schools are under due to a lack of adequate funding.

As the Parliament has now been prorogued and the legislative notice paper cleared, the Turnbull Government may attempt to hide cuts in the Budget without introducing new legislation.

That’s just not good enough. Families deserve to know what cuts they will face if Malcolm Turnbull is re-elected.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has already confirmed the Government will take cuts to Paid Parental Leave to the election. But that is just one of Mr Turnbull’s harsh and unfair cuts.

Mr Turnbull’s long-list of cuts includes:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

If Mr Turnbull doesn’t drop these unfair measures from the Budget in two weeks, he should stand up and confirm he will take them to an election.

Labor will campaign against Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to families, pensioners and young people every day between now and the next election.

Mr Turnbull should stop the endless waffle and just admit what cuts he plans to make in the Budget.


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