As is the tradition, last night the leader of the Opposition, Mr Abbott, responded in parliament to the 2012-3 Budget.
As is the tradition, last night the Leader of the Federal Opposition, Mr Abbott, responded in parliament to the 2012-3 Budget delivered by the Labor Party on Tuesday night. The new leader of The Greens, Christine Milne, also responded on behalf of her party.
Mr Abbott made many strong statements about his perception of the failings of the Gillard Government:
“It’s an ignoble piece of work from an unworthy Prime Minister that will offend the intelligence of the Australian people…
I regret to say that the deeper message of this week’s budget is that the Labor Party now only stands for staying in office.”
Most political commentary today agrees that this response was a massive attack on the government, but lacked real policy difference and even more so, detailed costings showing where the cuts would be made and where money would be spent.
Interestingly the one clear policy enunciated was a dictate for 40% of Year 12 students to study a language other than English.
“My commitment tonight is to work urgently with the states to ensure that at least 40 per cent of Year 12 students are once more taking a language other than English within a decade.”
And then Mr Abbott reverted to his core message, that the Prime Minister should be replaced.
“Before this government dies of shame, it should find a leader who isn’t fatally compromised by the need to defend the indefensible.”
Ms. Milne took a different tack. On behalf of The Greens she called for a budget which showed evidence of more social progress, stating that we cannot face the challenges of the future while using ‘tools of the past’. She also made a plea for a nation which is as serious about living within its ecological means as those of an economic nature.
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Mr Abbott’s speech
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Tony Abbott fires bullets but misses detail in budget-in-reply speech, The Australian
Was Tony Abbott’s statement a good response to the nation’s budget?
Was Christine Milne’s response helpful?
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