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Statement by Andrew Woodward – Labor for Cowper

11 May 2018

The choice for Cowper is clear

The people of Cowper will have a clear choice at the next election – giving big business and the banks an $80 billion tax cut – or under Labor getting bigger, better and fairer tax cuts as well as restoring funding to schools, TAFE and universities and hospitals and Medicare.

In his Budget Reply Speech last night 10 May 2018), Bill Shorten also recommitted Labor to real action on climate change and housing affordability.

As I sat watching Bill’s speech, I was taken by just how good it was in terms of hitting the key things that need doing now and for the future. These are the things people are talking about. These are things you can’t argue against.

And, for whatever reason, these are the things the Liberals and Nationals are incapable of doing.

You can’t argue against some of the things Bill announced last night:

  • bigger, better and fairer tax cuts for 10 million working Australians;
  • scraping upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs;
  • sending 200,000 more people to uni and,
  • an extra $2.8 billion in funding for more beds and shorter surgery wait times

These are all live issues on the Coffs and Mid-North coasts.

The people of Cowper have a clear choice – to give big business and the banks and $80 million tax cut or to vote for better education, health, taxation, broadband, rights at work, social benefits and action on climate change.

On the day after the election, we will wake up with Malcolm Turnbull or Bill Shorten as Prime Minister. There’s a good chance it will be Bill Shorten, more so after last night’s Budget Reply Speech.

A vote for Luke Hartsuyker is a vote for Malcolm Turnbull’s $80 billion tax cuts for banks and big business. A vote for me, Andrew Woodward, is a vote for Bill Shorten and action on employment, environment, education, equality and fairness

Cowper will be better off with a Labor member in a Labor government.


Bill Shorten’s speech


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