Richmond MP Justine Elliot slams Federal budget
LABOR MP for Richmond Justine Elliot lashed out at the opposition ahead of yesterday's budget labelling cuts to health, education and family payments "brutally unfair" and "cruel".
"The Liberal-National government's unfair plans continue to attack families, with the Prime Minister and his ministers only worried about saving their own jobs," she said in Tuesday's parliament debate.
"The fact is that all these attacks are brutally unfair and cruel - particularly cruel to those people living in regional areas, like in my electorate of Richmond."
Ms Elliot said the government's plans for $100,000 university degrees would mean students from regional areas like the Northern Rivers would not be able to access university.
"The fact is that the Prime Minister and the Liberal-National parties broke their election commitments, and their dishonesty and their incompetence continues to hurt local families," she said.
"Prior to the last election, in my area on the New South Wales North Coast we had all the National Party candidates running around saying, 'No cuts to health, no cuts to education, no cuts to family payments.'
"They got in, and that is exactly what they did: cut education, cut health and cut the family payments as well."