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Abbott Liberal Budget – Double Hit to our Community

For the second week in a row, residents in the Oakleigh electorate have experienced the negative effects of a Liberal budget.

The Abbott Liberal Government has delivered a budget that will cut to the bone and cost local residents much more in fees, charges and taxes.

The effect of last week’s Napthine Liberal Budget sees schools neglected, hospitals remaining under pressure, ambulance wait times growing and a public transport announcement that doesn’t make sense.

Surgery waiting lists are blowing out and emergency rooms are full. But the only solution offered by the Abbott Liberal Government is to increase fees.

“The Liberals have already made significant cuts to Health. Now, every time you need to visit the doctor you will have to pay $7.” Steve Dimopoulos said

The Abbott Government promised no new taxes, no cuts to the ABC and SBS and no increase to taxes on petrol. These promises have all been broken. Income tax is up and hundreds of millions of dollars has been slashed in the budgets of our public radio and TV at the ABC and SBS.

Driving a car too will become more expensive under the Liberals.

“The Abbott Liberal Government is stinging motorists again by increasing the tax on petrol. This rise comes on top of yet another price rise to car registrations by the Napthine Liberal Government.”

And just like the Liberals here in Victoria, the Abbott Liberal Government has no plan to resolve the jobs crisis. In a further blow to the economy, the Abbott Government will slash at least 16,500 jobs.

Skills and training has been hit hard too. Some TAFEs are closing and others are running at a loss as a result of major cutbacks in funding by the Napthine Liberal Government. Adding to problems in the education system, the Abbott Liberal Government will make it harder to get a university degree by increasing the amount students must pay.

“Under the Liberals, support for skills and training has been thrown out the back door. We are in the middle of a jobs crisis, yet both Liberal Governments refuse to invest to make sure people have the skills they need to have a decent career.”

“Residents in the Oakleigh electorate deserve better than these Liberal budgets.”

Abbott Liberal Budget – Key Points:

• Every time you visit the doctor, you will make a co-payment of $7.00

• Every time you fill up your car, you will pay higher taxes

• University students to pay much more for a degree

• The pension age to be lifted to 70 forcing people to work even longer

• A rise in Income tax – despite a promise of no increase to taxes

• Cuts to Family tax benefits

• Cuts to the ABC and SBS budgets

• 16,500 Public Service Jobs Cut

Napthine Liberal Budget Fails Oakleigh

Labor candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos today criticised the lack of support for our community, including little for local hospitals and schools in the latest Liberal Government Budget.

The Abbott Liberal Government recently cut $34.6 million from Monash Health putting even more pressure on our local hospitals. Waiting lists for elective surgery have continued to blow out, with over 48,000 now on the waiting list across Victoria. That’s an increase of more than 10,000 people since the Liberal Government came to office. Over $1 billion has been cut from Health in the last three and a half years of the Liberal Government

Response times for an ambulance continue to grow, with patients waiting outside hospitals because emergency departments are full.

And local schools have again missed out on much needed funding to repair and upgrade their infrastructure. Capital spending on schools has fallen by more than half under the Liberal Government.

“Despite claiming a budget surplus, the Liberal Government consistently refuses to invest in the services that matter to us – health, education, transport and jobs”, Steve Dimopoulos said.

“We need more support for our local community – but yet again, we have missed out”

The Liberal budget also contained a sting for every car owner, with registrations set to rise by a massive $32. This is the second big hike to registrations by this government, after an increase of another $35 in 2012.

TAFEs are still struggling after hundreds of millions was torn from the sector. Locally, the local Holmesglen campus is operating in deficit for only the second time in 30 years because of these cuts.

And the Liberal budget contained no real plan to address the economic crisis in Victoria. The unemployment rate in Victoria is at a 12 year high, with youth unemployment significantly higher.

“Victoria and our local community deserves better. We need more support for local hospitals, much more needs to be done to address ambulance wait times, and our schools deserve adequate funding to improve their facilities.”

ABBOTT AND NAPTHINE CUT MILLIONS FROM MONASH HOSPITALS

Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will cut $34.6 million from Monash Health – the largest health service in Victoria – putting more pressure on a system already in crisis.

In total, Tony Abbott will cut $277 million from Victorian hospitals. That amount of money could clear the elective surgery waiting list, or employ 3,000 nurses or open 500 new hospital beds.

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Key Facts

  • The State Liberal Government cut $826 million from Victorian hospitals. Tony Abbott’s $277 million cuts were revealed in the MYEFO budget update released in December 2013.
  • Based on current funding levels, the cut to Monash Health would mean $3.4 million slashed from this year’s budget and $15 million lost in 2016/17.
  • The latest health data released by the Government shows Monash Medical Centre (Clayton) failed to:
    • Treat at least 80 per cent of all patients in the emergency department within targeted time
    • Transfer at least 90 per cent patients from ambulances within 40 minutes
    • Meet its targets for urgent and semi-urgent elective surgery patients