House debates

Monday, 18 February 2019

Statements by Members

Federal Election

4:44 pm

Photo of Graham PerrettGraham Perrett (Moreton, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

In this election, Australians have a choice. At community barbecues, coffee shops and street stalls right across Moreton, I've heard locals deliver their verdict on this rabble of a government. They're over the shambles. They're over the circus. They're over the chaos. I say honestly to all of Moreton, 'Labor has listened and learned, and we're ready to govern.'

The other thing Moreton residents tell me is that they're over these coalition cuts. They're sick of the fact our local hospital, the QEII and the PA, have had to endure over $16 million in cuts from the Morrison government. They're sick of the fact that local schools are being asked to do more for our kids while copping a $15 million cut from the Morrison government. Some people are doing very well, but not most people. Bills and the cost of living is going up, but not wages. Labor will fix this.

I've committed to delivering a better and fairer deal for working- and middle- class Australians and their families. Labor can fix this by not giving tax cuts and handouts to the top end of the town and the big banks. Labor can fix this by not standing idle while your penalty rates and wages are either slashed or allowed to stagnate. Labor can fix this by ensuring the services you rely on—schools, universities, TAFEs, hospitals and the like and the infrastructure we need for our jobs—are big priorities for Labor. Australians have a choice, and I'm asking the people of Moreton in this election to choose Labor.