- Federal Treasurer warns welfare ‘not guaranteed' for future generations
- By Renee Viellaris
- Contributed by: Jack_S ( 1 article in 2017 )
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison on the Gold Coast yesterday
THERE is no guarantee the pension will be available for future generations, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison warned yesterday.
Mr Morrison said Australia could not take for granted its generous safety net or assume it would always be there.
At a post-Budget breakfast in Brisbane, he said Australia needed to keep growing the economy and had to be globally competitive.
“We owe to future generations (to pay for) health, schools, pensions, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,” he said. ‘‘There are no guarantees about that.”
Mr Morrison said the Federal Government was committed to ensuring pensions and essential services would be there in the future, through good financial management.
Pushing the need for corporate tax cuts for the big end of town, he warned that the US, UK and France could soon all be more competitive than Australia.
In Tasmania yesterday, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of trying to “steal the policy clothes” of Labor.
‘‘The problem is that they aren’t a good fit for him,” he said. “Fairness is not still cutting Medicare and delaying improvements to Medicare for up to two years from now. And fairness is certainly not giving away $65 billion to the top end of town in tax cuts.”
Mr Morrison said he was “very confident” Parliament would support the Budget’s increase to the Medicare levy to help pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“Now, let’s not forget the Labor Party is not increasing the Medicare levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin was warning yesterday that aged pensioners who had been overpaid would be targeted by the Human Services Department.
“This means pensioners will likely be asked to provide documentation from up to six years ago if the automated robo-debt system determines they may have reported income incorrectly,” she said.