Shorten to hand down shadow budget

Shorten to hand down shadow budget

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will hand down Labor’s reply to the 2015-16 Federal Budget tonight, saying Australians need a vision and a plan for the future, not a short term fix.

Following the government’s second budget being handed down on Tuesday night, the Opposition has criticised a number of proposed measures.

The speech is set to focus on the governments proposed cuts to schools and hospitals, along with paid parental leave.

As part of its “Families Package” the government has announced many mothers whose employers offer them their own paid parental leave scheme, will no longer be eligible for government-paid, maternity leave.

Labor has slammed the government for suggesting these mothers Re “double dipping” or “rorting the system”.

Mr Shorten says Labor alternative budget will be the real “budget for the future”, unlike the plan handed down by the Abbott government.

“There is a great hunger in the people of Australia for substance not spin,” he said.

“What I promise Australians is that Labor now and in the future will start the process of talking about what the future looks like.”

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says while the government’s budget was all about saving Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s job, Labor’s budget will be about creating new jobs for Australians.

But neither Mr Shorten nor Mr Bowen has pointed to any new policies that Labor plans to outline.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has called on he Opposition to “show us the money”, and specifically outline where Labor would make budget cuts to reduce the deficit.

“He will have to explain how he’s going to pay for his new spending and how he is going to pay for not proceeding with the many savings which he continues to oppose,” he said.


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