Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has criticised the federal budget 2016 and called it a “mediocre” one, saying it has not focused on average Australian families at all but rather emphasises on the elite group of the nation.
Shorten said on Wednesday that the government did not attempt to provide sustainable measures of living for the Aussies with an average earning. The reaction of the opposition leader came after he watched Treasurer Scott Morrison discussing the budget with Lisa Wilkinson, “Today Show’s” host.
“I think there is a lot of unfairness hidden in its pages,” he said as quoted by 9News. “They’ve missed a big opportunity here. The top 10 percent are getting the vast bulk of tax cuts and we think that is the wrong priority when they are cutting education and hospital funding.”
Shorten added that the budget completely focused on the millionaires and ignored the “battlers.” “ It is not nation-building, it is nation-shrinking. I think that this budget was meant to be Malcolm Turnbull’s big justification for rolling Tony Abbott, but at the end of listening to Scott Morrison last night I thought ‘is that what all the fuss is about?’ Malcolm Turnbull is seriously out of touch with average families,” Shorten told the Seven Network.
Shorten said that the opposition would surely favour Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull-led government’s plan of increasing the threshold from $80,000 to $87,000 to feature the second-highest rate cuts in Australia. He said his party will be supporting the hike in tax rates on cigarettes, which was a replica of Labor’s plan.
Shorten also raised his concerns over the bulk tax cuts the budget allowed to the top 10 earners of Australia. Yahoo News reported that the opposition leader called it a “wrong priority when they are cutting health and education.”
After Shorten, Turnbull discussed the budget with “Today” where he said that the budget has been designed to ensure the public could rely upon it. “Those small businesses that will enjoy, if we’re returned to government, a tax cut immediately in the next financial year, they employ more than three million Australians,” he said. “What Scott Morrison and I and all our team will be saying to the Australian people is, ‘You see our economic plan, you see how it will encourage growth, drive growth and jobs and investment, give us the chance to deliver on that plan’.”