This week has been a story of two budgets and a High Court decision.
On Tuesday, the Turnbull Government outlined its priorities - $80 billion for big business tax cuts, about $10 per week for low and middle income earners, an $83 million cut to the ABC and an addition $270 million cut to TAFE.
On Thursday, Bill Shorten outlined Labor’s plan. If you aren’t giving up $80 billion to big business then you have a bit more room to look after low and middle income earners, boost services and fix the finances. That’s what Labor announced.
A teacher on $65,000 will get a tax cut of around $928 a year under Labor’s plan. Schools will have the $17 billion returned to them and hospitals will benefit from a $2.8 billion fund to address mounting waiting lists. Two budgets, two distinct priorities.
Wedged between the Coalition budget and Labor’s reply was the High Court verdict on the citizenship of ACT Labor Senator, Katy Gallagher. The court held that she was ineligible to be elected despite the fact that she had taken all steps within her power to renounce citizenship before nominating for the 2016 poll. This is a dramatic change to the way the constitution has been interpreted but now forms part of the law of the land.
By-elections in five seats will now follow. Expect these to be the forum where competing plans for the country will be tested.
Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea
Supporting Cancer Council and their Biggest Morning Tea at Parliament House. Register to host your own event, get ideas or inspiration at the Biggest Morning Tea website, here.
Living Connected Launch
Wonderful to attend the Living Connected launch in Wollongong, yesterday.