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BRADDON BETTER OFF UNDER LABOR

April 03, 2019

After six years of cut and chaos, Scott Morrison’s con of a Budget has confirmed that the people of Braddon will be better off under a Shorten Labor Government.

 

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “Tasmanians will be rightly cynical of an election eve Budget that does nothing to fix our state’s crippling health crisis and follows six years of Liberal cuts and chaos.

 

“In all of the key priorities for our region, Federal Labor has a better plan – health, education, TAFE, apprenticeships, tax cuts and jobs growth.

 

“The Coalition has copied Labor’s personal tax cuts but they are so out of touch they’ve given a smaller tax cut to people earning less than $40,000.

 

“Braddon has some of the lowest wages in the nation and Labor will fix this and give these working people the tax relief they deserve – something Scott Morrison is incapable of doing.

 

“The Liberals’ cuts have led to a crisis in our state’s health and hospital system. The Budget does nothing to fix this health crisis and locks in the Liberals cuts.

 

“It also fails to include any additional funding for people to access visiting medical specialist which means under the Coalition more and more people from our region will have to travel for medical appointments.

 

“Labor will invest in our public hospitals with an extra $30 million to reduce hospital waiting lists in Tasmania and Labor will also invest $4.5 million to provide greater access to visiting medical specialists.

 

“Labor will also invest over $12 million in Braddon public schools to give our young people the education they deserve so they can be ready for the jobs of the future.

 

“The budget fails to reverse cuts to TAFE and apprenticeships – in the past six years the Liberals have cut $3 billion from TAFE and skills and in Braddon we have lost almost 700 apprentices.

 

“Our farmers will also be disappointed by the budget as, unlike Labor commitment to farmers it does not contain any funding for Tranche 3 of the Tasmanian Irrigation projects.

 

“These projects have the potential to create hundreds of local jobs and grow our economy. That why Labor is a better option for Tasmanian farmers.

 

“With an ever changing climate our farmers need access to reliable and secure water.

 

Labor will invest $100 million towards Tranche 3 irrigation as we understand how important these projects are for our primary producers and the Tasmanian economy.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  JOHN DOWLING – 0417 575 148

 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.