It’s been touted as “fair” and “common sense”, but western Sydney MPs argue the federal government’s budget was anything but.
The Turnbull Government handed down its budget last Tuesday, with increases to school funding, commitment to Western Sydney Airport, reforms to university fees and housing affordability schemes topping its agenda.
“This is a practical budget," Treasurer Scott Morrison said during the announcement. “We are a practical government. [This is not] a budget for ideologues.”
But Chifley MP Ed Husic and Linsday MP Emma Husar slammed the government’s plans, saying it targeted disadvantaged families in the west.
“Locals from Mount Druitt to Blacktown should be outraged that a Turnbull budget that holds cuts and tax increases for ordinary families will see tax cuts for the wealthiest two per cent of the country,” Mr Husic said.
Mr Husic said the government missed an opportunity to increase funding to under pressure hospitals in western Sydney.
“The Turnbull Government has left struggling hospitals high and dry again. That means there was no extra funding to reduce emergency room or elective surgery wait times at Mt Druitt and Blacktown hospitals,” he said.
He said TAFE and university students were facing an uncertain future.
Labor also attacked the government’s education funding.
The government hailed an extra $19 billion in funding for the nation’s schools, with local schools including Chifley Senior College and Rooty Hill High School among those to see a sizable increase next year.
Ms Husar said those numbers left schools $22 billion worse off than the funding the former Labor government agreed to before it lost power in 2013.
“Our kids deserve a quality education so they can go on to build a decent life for themselves,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter how you dress it up – this new proposal will still see $22 billion ripped out of Australian classrooms.”
Members from the NSW Teacher’s Federation’s Mount Druitt and St Marys region said the Liberal’s plan would see local schools lose out by $31,434,505 in the next two years.