Tomorrow we will finally discover what the ALP are all about. No more symbolic gestures but concrete action with both winners and losers.
Treasurer, Wayne Swan, is clear who will be the main beneficiaries.
“They are the focus in the budget, low- and middle-income earners who go to work day in day out, cook the tea, go to work again the next day, do a long commute. We’ve got to value those, so we will be providing our increased support in this Budget to those people – which is why we’re so committed to the tax cuts, so committed to the increased child care relief.”
Opposition Treasury spokesperson, Malcolm Turnbull, is determined to maintain middle class welfare in the form of Family Tax Benefits and not means-testing the baby bonus. He also sees no need for spending cuts and is not worried by inflation. Andrew Norton highlights the enormous increase in middle class welfare under Howard that Turnbull wishes to maintain.
The increasingly belligerent Turnbull, the useless Nelson and the paternalistic Tony Abbott are a shambles. What is the point of the Liberals?