Corman calls for action on budget, after stark warning

Corman calls for action on budget, after stark warning

Federal Finance Minister Mathias Corman has sent a stark warning to all parties involved in passing the budget, saying the situation could become detrimental, if the government’s measures don’t pass the Senate.

Senator Corman has addressed the Sydney Institute overnight, as the government is continuing to push crossbenchers, to support its budget measures, ahead of parliament resuming next week.

The government has conceded to changing some measures in order to get its policy through, but it still faces a standoff in regards to the GP co-payment and the fuel excise.

Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party have all refused to support the measures.

But Senator Corman has told the Institute serious corrective action in the near future is needed, to protect Australians’ living standards.

“We are more exposed and less resilient as a nation today than we could be, should be and can be again to deal with any global economic challenges which may come our way in the years ahead,” he said.

Senator Corman has also moved to quash the idea that the government is struggling to get its budget through.

“No government in recent political history had passed all of its budget measures through both Houses of Parliament by the end of August,” he said.

“We are on track and will continue to work, with perhaps an adjustment here and an adjustment there, to fundamentally get all our budget measures through the Parliament.”

He also says suggestions the budget was unfair were “nonsense.”

Read more of the Finance Minister’s speech here.

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