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Will Labor Continue To Stand In The Way?

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

Date: Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tonight, Bill Shorten must tell the Australian people, clearly, whether he will support or whether he will stand in the way of our fair and responsible plan to secure a better future for Australia.

 Bill Shorten must answer four key questions:

  • Will Labor keep or reverse $24 billion in business tax cuts, which deliver benefits to 3.2 million small and medium sized Australian businesses and their 6.5 million workers?
  • Will Labor commit to actually secure the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme by funding it in full through a small increase in the Medicare levy, identical to that which his own former Government implemented?
  • Is Labor still committed to spend an additional $22 billion on special deals for schools, over and above this Government’s record additional $18.6 billion investment in schools in this Budget?
  • Can Labor guarantee the future of a strong private health sector in Australia by committing clearly, that they would not abolish the Private Health Insurance rebate?

Or will Bill Shorten prove again that instead of the national interest his only focus is on his perceived political self interest.


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