Federal Budget 2019 overview

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With its focus firmly on a May federal election, the Government has delivered a broad range of initiatives as a result of a $7.1 billion surplus. But if Australia’s ever-growing demographic of older Australians was hoping for some love, putting it bluntly – you missed out.

In our Federal Budget 2019 special edition tomorrow, Leon and Janelle explain the key announcements that affect you.

But to tide you over until then, here’s the lowdown.

  • YourLifeChoices members tell us repeatedly that their health is their No.1 concern. The Medicare freeze has not been lifted, but the Government is providing $187 million to increase patient rebates for 119 GP service items on the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) from 1 July 2019. Rebates for MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds will be increased. Health checks for heart disease, Australia’s No.1 killer, will be added to the MBS.
  • With an overwhelming percentage of older Australians telling us they want to age at home – and thousands on a lengthy waiting list – the Government is providing $282 million for an additional 10,000 home-care packages.
  • The Budget provides $331 million for new and amended listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), including life-changing medicines to treat lung, bladder, kidney and skin cancers and leukaemia.
  • Changes to the work test are set to help pre-retirees pump up their superannuation balances.
  • An increase in the age limit for spouse contributions is aimed at helping close the gender super gap and provide Australians with greater flexibility to save for retirement.
  • Tax relief was promised and there’s provision for an extra $158 billion on top of the $144 billion in tax cuts in last year’s Personal Income Tax Plan. But who’s it for?
  • And, of course, there is the one-off, income-tax-exempt payment to more than 3.9 million Australians to assist with their next power bill.

So, while older Australians won’t be popping champagne corks, a few measures may ease cost-of-living pressures – for some. We provide all the detail around the key elements that could make a difference to your financial and emotional security. Keep an eye on your inbox tomorrow morning.

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Written by Janelle Ward

131 Comments

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    Whilst waiting for the detail, so far there is NOTHING in this Budget that helps a self funded retiree. NOTHING. Well done you.

    In Frydenberg’s speech, the environment, including climate change, got almost 30 seconds of attention. YAY!! Well done ScoMo. Tell that to the grandkids.

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      THe so called Budget was a public relations exercise. An utter joke.
      Its already been poo pooed by experts for what it is: a dishonest con which is trying to buy votes, making (fanciful) predictions based on quicksand economic conditions and making promises which are never going to be kept.
      As the experts said international markets yawned and Labor has just gained more votes.
      What a waste of everybody’s time!

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      I don’t find the term Shiela offensive. Its as pretty archaic (Aussie?) term from the ’60’s and I, as a female, use it myself occasionally. I do however, roll my eyes at the creeping into our language of “Snowflake”. So American. Give me a break.

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      I saw a picture of Julie Bishop at the Fudge It announcement last night. Looked like she was at a disco in her electric blue sequined sheath dress, dancing in front of her seat with her arms above her head. What’s she so happy about? I thought she was leaving anyway.

      There was nothing in this Budget to crow about. Pensioners have yet again been ignored. Let’s face it people, they hope we die sooner so they don’t have to give us anything.

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      Maybe that is why Julie was dancing Mojobomber, glad she was leaving the LNP.

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      Of course the Liberal budget is a dishonest con, Shorten’s plans, on the other hand, are impeccable.

      After Shorten wins, the outcome will almost certainly as described in “The New Statesman” many years ago:
      “Hand took hand in the golden land – and pigs flew overhead.”

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      Of course the Liberal budget is a dishonest con, Shorten’s plans, on the other hand, are impeccable.

      After Shorten wins, the outcome will almost certainly as described in “The New Statesman” many years ago:
      “Hand took hand in the golden land – and pigs flew overhead.”

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      Tongue in cheek maxchugg?.

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    Got to be better than deliberately targeting self funded retirees under Labor.

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      The ALP haven’t replied yet. The LNP are dead ducks in the water & it shows.

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      Both are clear that they don’t want the vote of retirees – vote them both (and Greens) OUT! Maybe then they will start considering Retirees in future.

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      GeorgeM that’s the only way to vote. Put all 3 last & the sitting member dead last to ensure at least a new member in the electrate.

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      Will watch with interest the Labor reply. I am a self funded retiree and don’t feel targeted. I agree with their stance on Negative gearing. It will certainly stop politicians double dipping on negative gearing.

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      Neither Labor nor the Libs r too worried about helping pensioners n they seem to be happy to accept pensioners r a forsaken, low-class, poor people not even worth worrying about.
      I bet migrants n asylum seekers r better off than true blue Aussie pensioners as they get lots of handouts, housing, free health, e6c, etc.

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      JB, whether or not politicians are doing well out of negative gearing is something I don’t know, I suspect not, that they would have better fish to fry, but simply don’t know.

      What the attack on negative gearing will certainly do is to push the low income investors out of the system. There might be a temporary surge in prices this year as people attempt to qualify for negative gearing before the system closes down in December. Equally possible is that investors will avoid the market because they know that a drop in prices will occur when demand falls after December, so the wealthy will probably bide their time and wait for prices to fall.

      When negative gearing is gone rents will skyrocket because demand will outstrip supply and landlords will see the loss of negative gearing as a loss of income and raise their rents to compensate.

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      JB, whether or not politicians are doing well out of negative gearing is something I don’t know, I suspect not, that they would have better fish to fry, but simply don’t know.

      What the attack on negative gearing will certainly do is to push the low income investors out of the system. There might be a temporary surge in prices this year as people attempt to qualify for negative gearing before the system closes down in December. Equally possible is that investors will avoid the market because they know that a drop in prices will occur when demand falls after December, so the wealthy will probably bide their time and wait for prices to fall.

      When negative gearing is gone rents will skyrocket because demand will outstrip supply and landlords will see the loss of negative gearing as a loss of income and raise their rents to compensate.

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      Who cares how many homes the wealthy will no longer invest in, the upside will be that thousands, if not millions of young Australians will be able to BUY THEIR VERY FIRST HOME.

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      Misty, if I thought for one moment that abolition of negative gearing would make it easier for young Australians to buy their very first home, I would be in favour of the idea, but I am confident that the outcome will be unintended consequences.

      Unfortunately for people wanting to buy their first home and needing to save a deposit, the very last thing they need is further increases in rent which I believe will be the inevitable outcome of the abolition of negative gearing. The reason to care about how many homes the wealthy own is that when they have a monopoly over the rental market after the low income landlords have disappeared is that they can then charge what they like, and will.

      The number one problem in the cost of housing is the colossal expense involved in red tape. A relative has recently completed an extension to his house and discovered when the project was completed that the cost of the paperwork was almost the same as the building materials. If Labor is serious about making housing more affordable, that would be a better place to start looking, then maybe do something about the cost of land.

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      Misty, if I thought for one moment that abolition of negative gearing would make it easier for young Australians to buy their very first home, I would be in favour of the idea, but I am confident that the outcome will be unintended consequences.

      Unfortunately for people wanting to buy their first home and needing to save a deposit, the very last thing they need is further increases in rent which I believe will be the inevitable outcome of the abolition of negative gearing. The reason to care about how many homes the wealthy own is that when they have a monopoly over the rental market after the low income landlords have disappeared is that they can then charge what they like, and will.

      The number one problem in the cost of housing is the colossal expense involved in red tape. A relative has recently completed an extension to his house and discovered when the project was completed that the cost of the paperwork was almost the same as the building materials. If Labor is serious about making housing more affordable, that would be a better place to start looking, then maybe do something about the cost of land.

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      You could be right about the red tape maxchugg, I guess, rather then rent, if prices go up more young people will be staying home with their families.

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    NDIS and the environment were basically ignored.
    People on very low incomes due to underemployment and low paid jobs were not considered.
    People on low incomes to pay the same rate of tax as those on much more.
    Minus a crystal ball a predicted surplus is only a dream especially further ahead than next year.
    It is a pre election budget for sure matching most of already made promises. Labor will go further for the really low paid.
    Labor will address the environment more effectively as well because LNP have the far right to thwart their endeavours in this regard.

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    Arrrh.. the old Sudden Surplus trick, eh, Laszlo?

    Before you get too fired up about how competent this government is – remember that a Budget is simply a forward estimate of what might happen – it is NOT money in the bank.

    Too many years of Budget Emergencies and Desperate Need To Cut Social Security (we don’t have welfare here) and chop the guts out of pensioners and retirees (the real kind – not the parasites) and the unemployed (those bludgers) – and now we are supposed to believe TheTooth Fairy just left some thirty pieces of silver under Frydie’s glass on the bedside table?

    True scenario:-

    a) The LNP gets back in and starts sorting out core fromnon-core promises and finds they cannot keep all their promises.

    b) Labor gets in and find that the LNP has somehow left huge Black Holes of Budget and built-in future deficits (including closed contracts from ‘out-sourced’ public service that cost more to get out of than to actually pursue), and Labor will not be able to keep their core and non-core promises either – apart from to the whining sheila’s lobby and posting a new sheila as governor-general (a totally unnecessary position these days).

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      Trebor you could have put your arguments as you did (right or wrong) without your offensive use of the term “sheila”

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      I know – but that term, with me, only refers to the offensive ones with incessant demands and manipulation to gain control over the government.

      I clearly differentiate between women and feminists…. I love to bait the feminists….

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      Oh please, Mamacrystal, why do some women get offended at the slightest thing. Incidentally, the term is not offensive, quite the opposite. Here’s the definition:-
      Sheila
      Someone who is your Bestfriend, sister and soulmate all at the same time. Someone who stick to you by your side no matter how bad the situation is. Someone you would be till jannah.
      That’s my Sheila. Sheila, love of my life.

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      Couple of things, Bob. Gillard’s unqualified support of Shorten, full of hyperbole suggests that she is looking for a job when Shorten becomes PM. Could Hockey be replaced? Here’s the outré thought, our new GG to replace Hurley?

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      I met a lovely country lady who has retired to a park home with her husband. On their morning walk they carry a bag to pick up all the kerbside rubbish they see. This lady’s name happens to be Sheila.

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      Isn’t it odd TREBOR that people aren’t at all concerned that Australia has been bankrupted by selling contracts for services to corporations at inflated profit levels. Nor that close to 50% of all NDIS funds go to providers for ticking boxes and never produce a home visit.
      It’s bizarre.

      When it was public servants getting the job done all they did was whine about the expense . Now it’s foreign companies taking billions away and not a whimper.

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      Sheila offensive? What a joke, stop being a snowflake!

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      OM:

      Good comment on the feminist BS which is taking over the western world and trying to turn men into compliant wimps.
      Your comment on Gillard is however a partisan comment. Seen little Johnny Howard lately. Rolled out for NSW State election and now spruiking anti Labor and anti Hanson on gun control and anything else which shores up the party line. It’d be nice if past PMs shut their faces and butted out rather than being used as tools to destabilise one party of other.
      State Labor was nobbled weeks before the election. That’s LNP behaviour. Expect the dirt to surface about Shorten or some other front bench Labor MP in the next few weeks. That’s how the bastards work.

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      Thanks MICK, I don’t understand why it’s wrong to speak about someone and have it rubbished as a “partisan comment”. Of course your comment about Howard is merely an observation and can in no way be construed as a “partisan comment”. As regards nobbling, didn’t Al Jazeera and the ABC do a good job on One Nation? Three years in the making and, surprise, surprise, selective quotes released just before the election. Coincidence? I think not.

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      It is what it is and BOTH sides of politics want One Nation gone. The current government has gone after several Independents and Anning, a political moron, is next on the list. Yeah an election is about to happen. Ask Luke Foley and Michael Daley as they just went through the same smear to destabilise state Labor. It worked.

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      Mick, You say that is how the bastards work in regards to the Liberals, the following (sorry about it being so much) was said by Larry Pickering before he died.
      If this is how the party you support operates then God help Australia, because we all know if labour get in they will play Billy boy like a puppet on a string.

      This is interesting reading- unbelievable but could be correct. For Larry Pickering to say this it must be true, otherwise Bill Shorten would have had Pickering in court, but didn’t have the guts to proceed with it, because Shorten knew he was involved in this criminal scam and could face a long prison term if police were called in to investigate this huge fraud scam. WHY I HATE THE SIGHT OF BILL SHORTEN. Written by Larry Pickering”Apart from having the sort of head you’d never get tired of kicking, Bill Shorten, to put it bluntly is a mongrel dog of a bloke. What rankles me most is not his politics or his lack of loyalty, but how he treated a good friend of mine”. ”That good friend is a dinky-di, true blue Labor party bloke, an AWU Secretary with an unusual ambition… to do the absolute best he could for the workers.

      That bloke’s name is Bob Kernohan, a wonderful and honest lovable human being”. ”In the mid 1990s Bob became aware that a Bruce Wilson, WA Secretary of the same union, and his girlfriend, Julia Gillard, had been systematically stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their union members”. ”Bob was determined to expose the fraud and have the money returned to union members. He wrote a detailed, comprehensive affidavit on the activities of the two crooks, Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard and publicised it, causing AWU heavyweights a great deal of anger and panic”. ”One of those AWU officials was very annoyed was (melon head) Bill Shorten, who was having it off with Nicola Roxon at the time. For God’s sake what a hilarious two-some”. ”Bill Shorten approached Bob Kernohan and told him to stop from exposing the scam saying, “This could bring us all down”. Bob quite rightly ignored the request”. ”Undeterred, sneaky little Bill Shorten, with AWU supremo Bill Ludwig’s blessing, then offered Bob the safe Labor seat of Melton in the Victorian Parliament’s Lower House”. ”Bob quickly refused the offer, saying “This is nothing but a criminal bribe, I couldn’t live with myself if I accepted that”.

      This statement from honest Bob was to cause him considerably physical pain in the very near future by four heavyweight thugs sent to silence Bob Kernohan”. ”Bob, with the help of friends, continued to unearth the scam, which was by now gaining traction in the media, but unknown to Bob he was being shadowed by violent hired guns who were watching his daily comings and goings routine”.

      ”Then, late one night, Bob found himself cornered by four of the AWU’s best thugs”. ”After receiving some heavy blows from all four, Bob fell to the ground in a foetal position trying to protect his head with his arms. A hail of work boots found their mark. His head, chest and stomach, he felt the pain of broken bone and torn tissue”. ”After what seemed an age they left Bob, bleeding and semi conscious, on the dark sidewalk”. ”He has never recovered from that cowardly assault. The injuries he sustained, both physical and mental, have stayed with him… they have affected every aspect of his life”. ”Now in hiding, he still he did not flinch from trying to restore members’ funds stolen by Gillard and Wilson”. ”The next trick was to send him bullets in the mail and make threatening phone calls at all hours of the night.

      ill Bob stayed the course”. ”Latest reports from Victorian Police are that they have “ample evidence” to charge both Gillard and Wilson. They await a judge’s ruling on further material Wilson is attempting to have suppressed”. ”It would be nice if, before Bob leaves us, that this matter gets resolved and just over a million dollars gets returned to Bob’s union members”.

      ”That’s why I don’t like sneaky crooked Bill Shorten. If this sewer rat ever becomes PM then God help us”. ”PS. This is an update below.’.

      ”Just before Christmas, a Magistrate in Melbourne (who fully vetted the files) ruled that documents used in the commission of a crime are not covered ‘by Legal Privilege’ and ordered their release to Victoria Police who are now moving forward with the investigation.

      Things are starting to happen Hurrah” ! ”Imagine an ex PM getting a long prison sentence especially a female, who are supposed to act like ladies with class? Julia Gillard a classy lady? Get real, she’s made of stone and with the acid tongue of a wharfie”. ”Imagine other countries leaders thinking we are a bunch of hicks? With Australia’s reputation of our politician’s backstabbing each other and changing Prime Ministers every 5 minutes, they probably already think we are a bunch of hicks. Bill Shorten and his bunch of ALP clowns certainly are”.

      Tony Abbott may have his faults, like each of us have, but he is the most achieving and most productive Prime Minister since John Howard. If he could just grow a set of balls, he’d be 100% perfect. Yours truly,
      Larry Pickering

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      Can’t wait for the OUTRAGE by the Labor Trolls.

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      Still waiting for Mick’s response

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      arbee – you need to switch on your brain and run a virus checker to remove the vileness in your right wing manner. You appear to be a pretty nasty sort of person…but then so are most of the LNP trolls.
      For the record have a look at how Gillard was treated by Abbott, Jones and the right wing media. Her mistake was never that she lies about a Carbon Tax. Her mistake was she was doing a good job of governing. The irony will be that in the next few years THERE WILL BE A PRICE ON CARBON in the western world. What will you and your vile coworkers say then?

      You are a disgrace to decency if you think the vile rubbish you produced above is anything other than the workings of a very very sick mind. So who was Larry Pickering? A nobody! His opinion makes Anning look like an alter boy.

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    There is nothing in this budget for greedy people but there is plenty in this budget for Australia and the workers who are the backbone of Australia. Some people think budget night is a night for handouts and freebies

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      There is nothing really for low income workers or people trying to find work.
      And you are right about nothing for the greedy as there is nothing in the budget to go after the GREEDY rich people & GREEDY corporations that pay no or bugger all tax. So nothing in the budget for the greedy so they’ll just keep getting richer while the poor get poorer.

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      This budget was a sick spiel for votes. Nothing more. Lies, handouts and claims which would make your grandmother blush.
      I agree SFR, there were no measures to end transfer pricing so corporations and the wealthy will continue to shift their profits into offshore tax havens. That’s ‘business as usual’ with the Morrison government firmly onside.

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      I wouldn’t vote for Clive Palmer but if what he says about China owning our water and ports is true I think past govts who have let this happen do not deserve our vote.

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    There is nothing in this budget for those pensioners who are totally reliant on Centrelink payments. It’s not enough that the taxes we paid all our working life that (according to the founder of the scheme Mr Robert Menzies) were meant to fund a liveable aged pension, were stolen by Mr Turnbull and his cohorts as no longer needed but we are expected to survive on LESS than what is deemed the totally unliveable minimum wage!! I minister to so many on the streets, mostly women around my age whose husbands have abandoned them for ‘greener pastures’ and took their superannuation with them, who can’t find accommodation that they can afford, so now are trying to survive on the streets. The numbers of women in the situation I describe are steadily increasing. I’m fortunate to have a flat at the moment, for how much longer I don’t know. But then the Government is only interested in those contributing to society isn’t it? Or that’s what our current PM seems to be saying, so those of us who’ve left the workforce are a burden obviously and need to be got rid of.

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      I’m touched by your story, Jez… sadly there are too many people doing it hard. I’ve been on the streets.. my ‘wife’ saw to that … and it ain’t fun.

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      The theft of the old age pension has nothing to do with Turnbull, was a bloke named Fraser long ago in the early 80s. He lost to Hawke in 1983 and Hawke/Keating never handed it back but introduced compulsory super. After that point the OAP was called “welfare” because asset and income testing was brought in. So, really a pox on both parties, eh?

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      Not just pension recipients Jezemega8. Self funded retirees have been and continue to be marked for attacks from both sides of politics. For some reason if you worked hard, saved your money, did without and made investments during your working life you seem to be targeted as the elite. The fact that many retirees make around pension level counts for nought as the pollies expect people to live off their capital rather than the returns on capital. Whilst wealthy people are rewarded for doing this self funded retirees are demonised. Its not fair but that’s what the developing genY political cohort believe. Expect it to get worse.

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      Don’t you still live with your ex TREBOR?.

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    nothing for retirees or low income earners. LNP are gone just hope the ALP get their act together & go after the rich & multinationals to start with that pay no or bugger all tax. There’s billions that should be paid.

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      You see SFR, Labor and its sycophants keep chanting the party line about the rich and multinationals which sounds good but nobody can tell us what they plan to do. The rich and multinationals all pay their taxes according to Australian laws.

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      You missed The Guardian story yesterday OM where a whole pile of wealthy Australians paid no tax again this year. Of course multinationals have their assets parked in offshore tax shelters as well and pay no tax.
      You may want to check your facts before you defend the indefensible.

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      The big problem with Labor is that they hate the middle class, and a healthy middle class is essential for a healthy and prosperous society. No government is ever going to attack the rich, because the rich are too powerful. We need middle class prosperity to drive economic growth. Labor is attacking the middle class as never before. Trickle down wealth doesn’t work. We all know that. But trickle down hardship definitely does!

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      No they do not pay their fair share of tax OM, a report came out this week about how many companies did not pay any tax at all and the rich with their accountants manipulate their finances so they also pay little or no tax either.

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      @Mick

      The Guardian would know all about the tax minimisation possibilities of the Cayman Isalnds as they have used that themselves.

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      SFR. Labor always complains about the rich, so do The Communists, but guess what.
      A. The rich provide jobs n create more 8nvestment opportunities n they pay tax.
      B. Check out how much Bill Shorten n his fellow politicians are worth, how much they earn, how many properties n other 9nvestments they have and how much pension they will get when they retire. It’s the old “pot calling the kettle black” story mate, Labor’s politicians are as rich as any other polly in this country!!!

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      Yes, Blinky, and ask why Labor wants to transfer MORE MONEY TO THE RICH.

      Ask why they won’t release up to date figures on their franking credit proposal which show that they won’t take anything from the wealthy because refunds now begin to reduce at a $1.6 mil balance – so their claimed target funds (which they say represents over 50% of those who benefit from refunds) will suffer minimal or no loss.

      Ask them why they intend to change the tax system for people who live off dividends to tax people with low incomes at 30% on every cent they earn and people with huge superannuation accounts at only 15% on part of their income a 0% on part?

      Ask then why they will tax someone earning $18000 a year at 30% if they earn dividend income and someone earning $37,000 a year only an average of 9.5%.

      This is Labor’s ‘fairness’ and ‘taxing the wealthy. You would have be brain dead to not see through their lies, and very hypocritical and selfish to support them.

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      Yes, Blinky, and ask why Labor wants to transfer MORE MONEY TO THE RICH.

      Ask why they won’t release up to date figures on their franking credit proposal which show that they won’t take anything from the wealthy because refunds now begin to reduce at a $1.6 mil balance – so their claimed target funds (which they say represents over 50% of those who benefit from refunds) will suffer minimal or no loss.

      Ask them why they intend to change the tax system for people who live off dividends to tax people with low incomes at 30% on every cent they earn and people with huge superannuation accounts at only 15% on part of their income a 0% on part?

      Ask then why they will tax someone earning $18000 a year at 30% if they earn dividend income and someone earning $37,000 a year only an average of 9.5%.

      This is Labor’s ‘fairness’ and ‘taxing the wealthy. You would have be brain dead to not see through their lies, and very hypocritical and selfish to support them.

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    It’s easy to produce a (projected) surplus when you don’t spend money providing the services Australians expect their government to deliver.

    Not even a tiny increase for those struggling on the totally inadequate NewStart. Nothing substantial on the environment. A paltry $400K on preparation for electric vehicles.

    Fortunately this Budget will be consigned to the dustbin after the election.

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      Agree this is not a real Budget, just an election document and will go into the bin.
      In fact, the Treasurer started out with a lie – that the Budget is now in black…when he meant that he forecasts the next FY Budget to be in black – wonder if parliament can censure him for lying.

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    All you lefties have Shortened memories: Huge debt inherited by the LNP (and now sorted for 2019/2020), the country’s worst ever treasurer in Wayne Swan who deceived the people of Australia into believing he would be delivering a surplus, but stuffed up and had to embarrassingly retract that forecast, the highly deceitful Mediscare campaign run by Labor at the last election, intending to frighten pensioners into believing Medicare would collapse under an LNP government, etc etc etc. I for one don’t want to see the country run by the union movement, and administered by a bunch of ex-union officials.

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      **cue Mick*

      This ‘government’ has doubled + the debt without acquiring one thing of value to the nation.

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      Maybe the country will be far better of run by the unions and ex union officals. The current mob of greedy self-interested bunch have shown they are inept. And the track record of union representsion on the boards of industry super funds prove that they put people first & not the greedy already rich.

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      Here I am!
      You must be an LNP rusted on Mexican Shark. What’s the name you normally post under?

      To put your BS to rest:

      1. Debt? Labor governed DURING THE GFC and left $148 billion in debt. Your LNP government has run this up to over $600 billion with nothing to show for the money other than Royal Commissions against Labor and unions and waste on steroids.
      2. Mediscare? Tell readers about the hacking of GetUp a week before the Mediscare response. Tell readers about Turnbull’s repeated calls to control GetUp because it was getting through to people and we can’t have that.

      Your post reeks of government funding…..for you to post.

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      Ditto Mick.

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      Wayne Swan got the Treasurer of the Year award from Time Magazine, they don’t hand that award out lightly so he must have done some good under difficult circumstances.

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      Do you have any understanding of how the economy works??? You seem to have a short memory too.

      Debt was inherited, true, a debt due to the GFC which was the biggest worldwide recession since the Great Depression and Australia DID NOT go into recession.

      So the LNP inherited the debt and since then it’s been going up and up and up.

      “and now sorted for 2019/2020” – NO, the DEBT is not sorted for 2019/2020, the budget has a planned surplus, that IS NOT the debt of the country.

      You obviously have no idea….

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      Who are you replying to Greg?.

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      LNP have sold off Centrelink and other important infrastructure to their mates. Large corporations don’t pay taxes. Its amazing how they have found all this money just before an election. Wonder if they have robbed poli’s superfund to pay for it, just like they accuse others of doing.

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      Well said MS. People forget quickly. Labor goes to bed w the unions, they r mandated by the unions . Shorten 8s criricizing the Libs x having changed too many PM’S. He seems to, very conveniently, have forgotten about the musical chairs between Rudd, Gillard and himself!

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      Blinky, yes people DO forget quickly. You seem to have forgotten that Rudd/Gillard/Rudd were booted out for their lack of cohesion & leadership stability. Yet Labor look like shrinking violets next to this current Liberal National Party!

      The LNP are just terrible at every level. They gave us a sub-standard NBN, Murray/Darling catastrophe, high power prices, no leadership & no policy at all for “difficult” issues like power & climate, just to name a few. They’d be smart to start acting with bipartisanship, because they are going to be decimated at the election. Blame people like Abbott, Barnaby & Dutton – the Libs would be better off without them. Shed these far right wingers & start again if you want to have a decent Liberal Party that can possibly gain government again in the future.

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    Absolutely nothing for self funded retirees again. Typical of both major parties but should Shorten get the keys to the Lodge this country is cactus.

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      Yep! Vote BOTH of them (and Greens) OUT.
      3 Million+ Retirees can do it by putting their current Major party MP at / near (just above the extremists) the bottom in preferences.

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      Rubbish, rubbish David.

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      Of course it’s rubbish, Misty. But this is all they’ve got – no reasons, just inane words like “cactus”.

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      no shortage of “chicken little” types on this forum – doomed if we stay with one lot, woe betide if change to another. About the only thing you can be sure is many comments are motivated by self-interest and too often comprise logical fallacies and unrealistic wishful thinking.

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