‘Big business’ budget slammed by Labor

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Mark Dreyfus

FEDERAL Labor Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus has hit out at the federal budget as favouring “big business” over health services and education.

Mr Dreyfus said Prime Minister “Malcolm Turnbull had one last chance to fix five years of unfairness — and he failed”.

“Instead Mr Turnbull gave an $80 billion handout to big business through a corporate tax cut, while locking in cuts to schools, universities and Medicare,” he said.

“Budgets are about priorities and this is a government that has prioritised tax cuts for big multinationals over better schools and hospitals. It’s as simple as that.

“The government’s insistence on keeping the Medicare rebate freeze in place for years to come will force up out-of-pocket costs to see specialists and hurt residents of Isaacs.”

Mr Dreyfus said: “The Liberals will rip away funding from hospitals, schools and the ABC to further boost the balance sheet of big business and the banks.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 16 May 2018

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