TURNBULL GOVERNMENT VOTES FOR UNFAIR CUTS TO FAMILIES, PENSIONERS, NEW MUMS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

March 02, 2017


The Turnbull Government today rammed through $5.6 billion in unfair cuts to families, pensioners, new mums, people with disability and young Australians through the House of Representatives. 

Liberal and National Party MPs today voted for cuts to families, pensioners, new mothers, people with disability and young Australians.

The Liberals voted to cut Family Tax Benefits – cuts that will leave a typical family on $60,000 around $750 a year worse off.

The Liberals voted for a $1 billion cut to the Energy Supplement – a cut to pensioners, people with disability, carers and Newstart recipients.

The Liberals voted to cut paid parental leave to 70,000 new mums with a median income of $62,000 who would be $5,600 worse off on average.

They voted to make young people live on nothing for over a month – by introducing a five week wait for Newstart.

This is a bad day for Australian households.

Australian families deserve better than the Turnbull Government.

They deserve better than to be told the only way we can afford changes to child care is to make vulnerable Australians pay for it.

Labor doesn’t believe in robbing Peter to pay Paul, and we certainly don’t believe that the National Disability Insurance Scheme should be held hostage to these unfair cuts.

Parents will not receive relief from high child care prices until mid-2018.

The Turnbull Government is cutting family payments to pay for child care changes that will leave one in three children worse off.

The Liberals have failed to fix their unfair activity test, and many Indigenous and remote mobile child care services will now face closure.

Labor now calls on the Senate crossbench to oppose these unfair cuts in the Omnibus Bill.

In particular, Labor calls on Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to rule out support for the scrapping of the Energy Supplement.

Does Pauline Hanson stand on the side of fairness for pensioners, carers and people with disability by blocking this cut?

Will One Nation support regional Australia and lower income families to access quality child care?

Or does One Nation stand alongside the Liberals and Nationals - on the side of harsh cuts to ordinary Australians? 

Labor will again oppose these unfair cuts when they are put before the Senate.

WEDNESDAY, 1 MARCH 2017

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