In response to statements from the Treasurer tat the Budget will see wages go backwards for another two years and paid parental leave measures will also be delayed, the Greens say the government was delaying cost of living relief while making room in the Budget for Stage 3 tax cuts for the wealthy.
“Labor is spending over a quarter of a trillion dollars on Stage 3 tax cuts for politicians and billionaires while delaying cost of living relief for everyday people,” Greens Economic Justice Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.
“Labor’s budget gives Clive Palmer a $9,000 a year tax cut but makes everyday people wait years for a pay rise and cost of living relief.
“Axing the Stage 3 tax cuts would free up room in the Budget for immediate cost of living relief, like dental into Medicare and free childcare.
“Telling everyday people to wait years for a wage rise and cost of living relief is unacceptable.
“Labor must axe the Stage 3 tax cuts and the billions in subsidies to coal and gas corporations and deliver immediate cost of living relief by getting dental into Medicare and making childcare free.”