Shorten confirms ALP will not support budget cuts

Shorten confirms ALP will not support budget cuts

The Federal Opposition has confirmed it will oppose almost $13 billion in cuts in the federal budget, describing the Coalition’s fiscal policy as divisive.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has delivered his budget reply speech overnight, confirming the Labor party will not support changes to university fees, Newstart, an increase in the pension age, or the $7 co-payment for GP visits.

Mr Shorten has also heavily criticised the Federal government for cutting $80 billion from health and education,        saying it is a Trojan horse for raising the GST.

Mr Shorten has justified opposing the cuts, saying Australia is not facing a debt and deficit crisis as claimed by the Coalition government.

The Opposition leader has also dared the federal government to deliver on its threat to call a double dissolution, if budget measures aren’t passed in the Senate, saying “bring it on.”

But the Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has heavily criticized the Opposition, saying the speech was full of politics, but no policy.

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