At this time every year I comment on the federal budget. I view the budget as an indication of the moral priorities of the government, and of the people who have elected it and who hold it accountable.
This year’s budget will be good news to many families on low incomes, those in urgent need of dental care, those who will access aged care in years to come, and those who will benefit from the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. And cuts to defence spending, especially the RAAF’s vastly over-priced and irrelevant joint strike fighter program, have my full support.
But every member of the Gillard Government should hang their heads in shame for seeking to balance the books on the backs of the world’s poorest by cutting $2.9 billion out of the aid budget over the next four years.
Another broken promise that will come back to haunt the Labor Party at the next election.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 May 2012.