WHAT OUR POLLIES SAY ABOUT THE BUDGET

Ed Husic

Ed Husic

CHIFLEY: ED HUSIC (LABOR)

"Western Sydney low and middle income families are squarely targeted by one of the most vicious budgets in living memory.

It's a budget of broken promises and ordinary Australians will be forced to pay the price for it.

Joe Hockey created the myth of a budget emergency so the government could carve up family budgets in our area. A country that has three AAA ratings and some of the lowest government debt within advanced economies cannot be said to be suffering a budget emergency.

In relation to measures to freeze the Family Tax Benefit schemes for two years and block unemployment payments for the first six months for people under the age of 30, this decision is potential social dynamite in an electorate like Chifley which already suffers from higher than average unemployment. On top of those changes, linking pensions to CPI will see pensions decrease, rest assured."

LINDSAY: FIONA SCOTT (LIB)

Fiona Scott

Fiona Scott

"It is part of the Abbott government's economic action strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe, secure Australia. The government has made the difficult but necessary decisions to put the budget on a more sustainable footing so we can all share in prosperity in the future. We are all playing a part, because it's in sharing the load that we lighten the load. Labor ran up five record deficits and left $123 billion in future deficits. If we took no action, debt would have hit $667 billion. The key goal of the budget is to strengthen the economy, because when you strengthen the economy, small businesses succeed, families have less pressure on them and jobs are created."

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