Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, delivered his Budget reply speech last night, following Scott Morrison’s Economic Statement. And Labor has promised to find an additional $71 billion in budget savings.

Elise Whittaker reports.


Tension is building in Canberra following last night’s budget response, with Malcolm Turnbull expected to make the call on an election in as little as 48 hours.

Bill Shorten held nothing back during his speech last night, accusing the coalition of forgetting and betraying working Australians.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “From Tony’s Tradies to Malcolm’s Millionaires, this is a budget for big business over the battlers.”

The Opposition Leader reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to health and education, raising revenue from three main areas.

Continuing the Government’s proposed two per cent deficit repair levy on incomes over $180,000.

Limiting the Government’s plan to reduce tax for big business, and capping vocational education loans at $8,000.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “These are the decisions our nation needs, this is what a responsible Budget looks like.”

Mr Shorten took aim at the Government for not doing enough to support innovation and infrastructure.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “Instead of taking selfies on the train, we’ll get new projects underway, nation building not ego boosting”

Using his speech to pitch to voters.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “We are united, we are ready, a Labor Government that always puts people first.”

The election campaign promises to be a long and fiery one.

Elise Whittaker, QUT News.