Bill Shorten’s budget reply speech slammed the government over announcements made in the federal budget.
Fairer tax cuts and support for young people are amongst the commitments promised to be delivered if elected next month.
Shorten announced bigger tax refunds for 3.6 million Australians, and a committed one billion dollars, for low income earners.
“6.4 million working people will pay the same amount of income tax under Labor as the Liberals,” “
And another 3.6 million will pay less tax under Labor,” he promised.
Political expert, Dr Ian Cook, said Labor has a greater awareness of issues affecting the youth and recognised the difficulties of entering the housing market and concerns over climate change.
“I’m sure there isn’t that much emphasis and attention for younger people in the budget or in the budget reply, but i think to some of the extent some of the issues shorten talks about and the ways he talks about them is a little bit more appealing to younger people than the Prime Minister,” he said.
Dr Cook believes this was Labor’s plan to appeal to younger more progressive voters, and look different than his liberal. competition
“I think there’s no doubt the budget and the budget reply were all about the election, so this isn’t really such a conversation, this is an election conversation,” he commented.
However, Dr Cook thinks the difficulty the Labor party has now is waiting on some good ongoing economic news, and if they don’t get that, they’re going to see problems in delivering on the promises they’ve made.
“I mean we’ve always got that situation after an election where the oncoming government will tell us that the economy perhaps isn’t as good as it was, and the budget isn’t in as good shape as we were lead to believe by the preceding government…”
“So there’s usually some amount of walking back on some of the proposals, and i expect that i guess after every election,” he said.