Win for Labor and Bendigo people who stood against unfair Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP said the Government’s backdown on social services reform yesterday was a win for local people power.

More than four months after handing down the most divisive Budget in living memory, Labor forced the Government to abandon cruel legislation that was before the Senate.

The government has "repackaged" planned welfare cuts to introduce the measures as four separate bills, after its original bill was facing certain defeat in the Senate.

Earlier this year, over 500 people rallied in Bendigo at a Bust the Liberal's Budget to show the Abbott Government and the Senate cross-benchers that the Abbott Government’s blueprint for Australia was not the Australia we want.

Thousands of central Victorians also signed petitions, wrote letters and called Ms Chesters’ office to express their anger and opposition to these unfair measures.

“The Liberal Government’s first Budget is a Budget that attacks the most vulnerable in our community – age pensioners, the sick, the unemployed, families and the poor,” Ms Chesters said.

“Today, the Abbott Government’s unfair Budget is in complete chaos, with Labor and people power forcing them into a humiliating backdown on their cruel Budget measures.

“Together we have stood up for families, pensioners and young people and stood against unfair cuts to the pension, family payments and support for job seekers.

“This is hugely embarrassing for the Government and destroys the credibility of their Prime Minister and Treasurer.”
Ms Chesters said there were still a lot of controversial measures found in the Budget that haven’t been legislated.

“We’ve won the fight today, but the battle isn’t over,” she said.