Julie Owens: Budget of broken promises

Federal Labor Parramatta MP Julie Owens has accused the Abbott government of delivering a Budget of broken promises that that will hurt pensioners and families already struggling to make ends meet.

“The people of Parramatta have every right to feel betrayed by this Budget of broken promises,” said Julie Owens, Member for Parramatta.

“Before the election the Prime Minister promised no cuts to health, no cuts to education and no changes to the pension.

“Before the election the Prime Minister promised no new taxes and no tax increases.”

Included in the Budget is a $7 tax for each GP visit, as well as cuts to local hospitals Westmead Hospital and Westmead Children’s Hospital as part of a $1.8 billion cut to federal hospital funding.

“Tony Abbott’s Budget means families will pay every time they see the doctor and pay more every time they fill up the family car,” said Ms Owens.

“Before the election the Prime Minister promised no change to pensions.

“In his first Budget, Tony Abbott will cut pensions and will force Australians to work longer.

Labor MP Julie Owens. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen.

Labor MP Julie Owens. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen.

“Pensioners in our community are already just trying to keep their head above water.

“Pensioners and families in Parramatta will pay for Tony Abbott’s Budget of broken promises.”

People aged over 65 make up over 11 per cent of the population of Parramatta.

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