Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Coalition budget - there yesterday, gone today

Under Labor you will pay less in tax because I think that you are more important than multinationals, big banks and big business.
          -Bill Shorten in his budget reply speech
 It is more than 50 times I have been in Canberra and commentated on a federal budget in one form or another. I cannot remember another occasion where the impact of a government's plans has lasted for so short a time. The front pages of the papers this morning told the story. Barely a mention of goodies for the public bar a couple of minor references in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
Tonight Labor's Bill Shorten put budget matters back into the discussion but not in a way that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would like. That conservative commentator Andrew Bolt got it right.

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