Tonight, I gave my Budget Address in Reply.
The Coalition has a strong plan to restore Hope, Reward and
Opportunity for all Australians.
A Coalition Government will build a stronger economy, repay debt
and create secure jobs.
Strong economic growth will be the over-riding aim of the next
Coalition government: it starts with abolishing the carbon tax.
Only with a growing economy is it possible to have lower taxes,
better services and a stronger budget bottom line as Australians
discovered during the Howard era.
Abolishing the carbon tax will be the swiftest contribution
government can make to relieving cost of living pressures on
Australian families. This will take the pressure off power
prices, gas prices and rates; it will prevent more pressure on
Tonight I highlighted the fundamental truths of what will drive a
Government should be at least as interested in the creation of
wealth as in its redistribution. Government should protect the
vulnerable not to create more clients of the state but to foster
more self-reliant citizens.
The small business people who put
their houses on the line to create jobs deserve support from
government, not broken promises. People who work hard and put
money aside so they won't be a burden on others should be
encouraged, not hit with higher taxes. And people earning $83
,000 a year and families on $150,000 a year are not rich,
especially if they're paying mortgages in our big cities.
I want to reassure the people of Australia that it does not have
to be like this; we are a great people let down by bad
government that will pass.
There is a better way.
The Coalition stands ready to restore Hope, Reward and
Opportunity so that, once more, all Australians can plan for the
future with confidence.
to read my Address in Reply.