Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King said tonight the Leader of the Opposition outlined a positive plan for Australia’s future.
“Bill Shorten has outlined an alternative plan for Australia’s future, a positive plan that extends opportunity for all Australians,” Ms King said.
“Tony Abbott wants to tear down everything Australians have built together through higher taxes and removing support for those that need it most.
“Labor created Medicare because we understand that universal healthcare is a cornerstone of our social safety net and central to the commitment we have for each other’s health and welfare.
“Labor won’t let Tony Abbott destroy Medicare. We will vote against Tony Abbott’s plan to tax people when they visit the GP.
“Labor recognises that our pensioners and carers make our community great through a lifetime of work and support for their families and the people around them, and they deserve to get the support they need.
“Labor knows that in order for economy to grow we need to support our children to get the best start in life with a quality education, all the way from pre-school to university.
“Labor understands that family budgets are stretched and an increase to the fuel excise and cuts to family payments will add costs that they just can’t afford.
“Tony Abbott doesn’t seem to understand the basic principles that have made Australia a country of opportunity and the fair go. The principles that Labor will always fight for.”