THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
CHANNEL 7 SUNRISE
WEDNESDAY, 3 APRIL 2019
SUBJECT: Budget 2019.
DAVID KOCH, PRESENTER: It’s a special budget news feed this morning and for their take I'm joined by Minister for Small and Family Business, Michaelia Cash, ALP Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek, and Senator Derryn Hinch. Good morning to you all. Tanya, let’s start with you.
TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Good morning.
KOCH: Will the Opposition be matching the Government's tax cuts and the promise of a surplus next financial year?
PLIBERSEK: Well absolutely we match the prediction of a surplus next financial year, if we're elected. In fact, we will achieve better surpluses over the forward estimates. When it comes to the tax cuts - well these are our tax cuts. The Government has followed the tax cuts that we announced last year. We'll back those tax cuts because we proposed them last year, the Government voted against them. But what this budget is missing, and this is the last opportunity the Government had to reverse their cuts to Medicare, reverse their cuts to hospitals, reverse their cuts to public schools, reverse their cuts to TAFE, reverse their cuts to aged care, reverse their cuts to pensions. None of that has been done. So that is a great disappointment for most working people.
KOCH: Michaelia, is that right though? Cause you’ve splashed a lot of money, Tanya's saying not in schools or hospitals.
SENATOR MICHAELIA CASH: Absolutely not, absolutely not David. And Tanya knows full well that even alone in her electorate of Sydney, funding for schools over the next decade is projected to increase by 52 per cent. The budget that we have handed down, the first budget surplus in over a decade, I think Tanya and I were actually teenagers the last time the Labor government handed down a budget surplus. This is the result of disciplined, good, responsible government. We've got our spending under control, unlike Labor, who spend like anybody's business. But Tanya, I do need to take issue with the statistics because they are yet another Labor lie. Since Labor was last in office, funding for Medicare increased by increased 27 per cent, David. Funding for public hospitals increased by 63 per cent, and funding for schools has increased by 66 per cent, so don't believe Labor -
PLIBERSEK: Michaelia, honestly.
CASH: - when they say that we are not providing record funding. Because David, they are the facts. But the only reason you can provide that record funding is because you get the budget under control, and unlike Labor, who are going to the election with a $200 billion promise in extra taxes. We have been able to deliver everything that we have offered to the Australia people without an increase in taxes.
PLIBERSEK: Michaelia, Joe Hockey promised a surplus. Joe Hockey promised a surplus. Scott Morrison was the Treasurer last year.
CASH: How many surpluses did Wayne Swan promise?
PLIBERSEK: Why would you believe them on surpluses?
CASH: Tanya - teenagers the last time a Labor government delivered a surplus.
PLIBERSEK: Have a look at - oh my goodness. Have a look at what is happening to wages. Do people genuinely feel better off with Scott Morrison as Prime Minister? Do they feel better off? Have they got more money to spend? No.
CASH: Have a look at job creation in this country.
SENATOR DERRYN HINCH: Excuse me David, I don't want to interrupt a woman-
PLIBERSEK: Or two.
HINCH: Or two. But just let me say this, to steal from Clint Eastwood, this is a fistful of dollars budget. It really is. It's a great budget for the Government. I think it will launch them well for the election. I'm not saying they're going to win it, but it will launch them well for it. There's a lot of money it it for a lot of people, a lot of workers. People say "What's in it for me?" Well I can tell you what's in it for me and it's the reason I'm here, with that building behind me. I was pleased last night to find out they are putting $7 million, just over $7 million, into "Daniel's law", that public register of convicted child sex offenders, and they are putting - I didn't know this 'til last night - they are putting $25 million into an independent commission for the prevention of child sexual abuse. So they have honoured everything I asked for.
PLIBERSEK: And Derryn, the thing to know is the tax cuts will actually benefit you much more. So if you are on $200,000 a year, you'll get an $11,000 tax cut. If a you are on $35,000 year, stacking shelves at Woollies, you get $250. So $11,000 plays $250, depending on whether you are a high income earner or a low income earner.
CASH: But David, let's not forget, Labor's promised an additional $200 billion, that's their promise to the Australian people.
PLIBERSEK: Hang on-
CASH: They are taking a tax hike of $200 billion to the election.
PLIBERSEK: We are closing tax loopholes.
CASH: Everything that we have delivered in our budget has been done without increasing taxes.
HINCH: One thing that does disappoint me Tanya, I think you'll agree, they haven't touched Newstart.
HINCH: And the money available for the early breaks, the one-off payments doesn't go to people on Newstart. I've been backing the Greens on this for a $75 increase per fortnight for Newstart. The Government didn't touch it.
CASH: But Derryn, what we are doing is getting people off welfare and into work and that is the best thing you can do as a government.
PLIBERSEK: Unemployment is at historic highs.
KOCH: Big day ahead as everybody sells the budget.
CASH: The good news is David there is a clear choice as we work towards the next election.
KOCH: We'll have to leave it there. Thanks for your time.