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ABC AM - Budget 2015

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

INTERVIEW

ABC AM

WEDNESDAY, 13 MAY 2015

 

SUBJECT/S: Budget 2015

 

MICHAEL BRISSDEN: Welcome to the program.

 

BILL SHORTEN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good morning Michael.

 

BRISSDEN: You could call it many things I suppose this Budget, but you wouldn’t call it unfair would you?

 

SHORTEN: What I'd say is this is a Budget aimed at saving one person's job: Tony Abbott's. What I couldn't call it is a Budget for the future. Now what it does do is - it still retains some of the unfairness of last year and I heard you talking in the interview just previously with Tony Abbott that there's $80 billion worth of cuts to schools and hospitals. $80 billion.

 

BRISSENDEN: Are you going to restore that money if you get back to government?

 

SHORTEN: There's no doubt that the way Tony Abbott is approaching the Commonwealth/State relations, it's a disaster. Last year they were talking about debt in almost hysterical terms. This year they're now almost hysterical with the excuses why debt isn't the issue that it was last year.

 

BRISSENDEN: Will you restore the $80 billion?

 

SHORTEN: We're going to have to see what the final numbers look like.

 

BRISSENDEN: You can't make the promise either?

 

SHORTEN: One thing we can say very clearly and it goes to answering your first question straight up, I think Australians just want to hear more straight talk from their politicians. You said is it an unfair Budget like last year, that was the question.

 

BRISSENDEN: Well you couldn't call it an unfair Budget, could you?

 

SHORTEN: Well I'm sorry, but if you're going to lose $80 billion worth of schools and hospitals yep, I call it unfair and I also call it unfair if families with children who are between 6 and 16, working families, the people who Tony Abbott's now, he’s dropped the issue of lifters and leaners, we've now got a new saying, he wants the people who have a go, well the people who have a go, Tony Abbott, people who rely on family payments, people who earn $60,000 a year, Tony Abbott is still cutting $6,000 from their payments. That is unfair.

 

BRISSENDEN: Now the Government has given up on