Fake Surplus: Liberal Budget Propped Up by NDIS Under-spend

Last night’s Budget confirms that the Liberal Government has used funding designated for support for people with disability to prop up its pre-election budget.

This budget:

  • Fails to reverse cuts to schools and hospitals. That’s $22million from Bendigo electorate schools in 2019/20 and 2020/21
  • Fails to reverse cuts to TAFE and apprenticeships – in the past six years, the Liberals have cut $3 billion from TAFE and skills, and cut 150,000 apprenticeship places.
  • Fails to fund key local infrastructure projects like the Bendigo Airport Terminal expansion, Bendigo Showgrounds redevelopment and La Trobe Rural Road Trauma hub.
  • Promises a surplus that is subsidised by short-changing people with disability through a massive underspend in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Liberals should be embarrassed and not boasting about a surplus under these circumstances. It’s a disgrace. 

Far too many Australians have missed out on the support NDIS they need, including many in Central Victoria. I have had countless people contact my office seeking assistance with NDIS issues. Many have been denied vital and necessary equipment and care.

On tax cuts:

 The Liberals talked a big game on tax cuts in their Budget but not everyone will benefit. The Liberals are so out of touch that they’ve given a much smaller tax cut to two million Australians earning less than $40,000. According to ABS data from the 2016 census, there are almost 60 000 people in the Bendigo electorate who earn less than $40,000 – they have been ripped off.

Labor will fix this. Labor will give these working people the tax relief they deserve.

On cost of living  

 Only measure I can identify to ease cost of living pressures is a once off $75 for singles and $125 couples cash payment to assist Australian’s with their energy bills. This payment will do little to ease systemic cost of living pressures that many houses are struggling with.

This Budget confirms that the Liberal Government is choosing not to prioritise Bendigo and Central Victoria.

Instead, the Liberal Government is prioritising big businesses and the top end of town.

After six years of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos, and just six weeks before an election, this budget was Scott Morrison’s last chance to reverse his cuts to the services that everyday Australians rely on.
Instead, Scott Morrison has delivered an election con, filled with the same Liberal cuts. Let’s hope this budget is their last.

A Shorten Labor Government will have different priorities. Our Fair Go Action Plan will put people first.

We will pay for it by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.
Bill Shorten and Labor will deliver a fair go for all Australians, not just the top end of town.
For more information go to: www.FairGoActionPlan.com.au