House debates

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Statements by Members


1:37 pm

Photo of Susan LambSusan Lamb (Longman, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

What a disappointment last night was. It was another Liberal budget where Longman has been left behind by the same Liberal cuts. After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, what we saw was Prime Minister Scott Morrison's last chance. It was his last chance to reverse the cuts to services that my community relies upon—to reverse the millions of dollars they've slashed from our local schools, like Woodford, Wamuran, Morayfield and Narangba Valley, and to put back the $2.9 million to our Caboolture hospital. It was a chance for him to do that. It was a chance for him to stick up for our local workers by restoring their penalty rates that have been taken away. That's over 11,000 people in my region. Instead, we just saw more of the same. Instead, we saw a government that's continued to side with the top end of town and continued to neglect my community.

This budget is nothing more than an election con job by a government that has just given up governing. They've given up and walked away; it's all just too hard. On the other hand, with Labor, I'm proudly sticking up for our community with a suite of positive policies. They are policies that will look forward, policies that really matter, policies that will go to education and training, health care and the cost of living. They are policies that will reverse the cuts and invest in our nation, policies that will stand up for a fair go for our community.