Black hole in Coalition claim

A quick wordRecently, the federal government claimed that it had Treasury backing that Labor had a $10 billion black hole over 10 years in its excess franking credits for retiree’s policy.

It insisted that Labor had not taken into account “behavioural changes”, that is, where people might move their money to counter this proposal. This, however, came undone when both the Treasury and the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) expressed different views on this assertion.

Treasury secretary, John Fraser, acknowledged that the costings were not of Labor’s policy per se but of a similar policy proposed with different “behavioural” assumptions. PBO officer Jenny Wilkinson stated emphatically that behavioural changes had been taken into account, that the PBO had exactly the same information as Treasury and it stood behind the estimates published by the ALP.

Frank Carroll

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Labor ready to defend the ABC

ABCThe ABC has played a crucial role in most of our lives. From Playschool to Bananas in Pyjamas, from cricket on the radio through to JJJ’s Hottest 100.

And after the floods of 2011 how could we forget their crucial worth during disasters. Aunty is a vital part of the national fabric.

Despite the promise by Tony Abbott before the 2013 election, that there would be ‘no cuts to the ABC’, our national broadcaster has been under constant attack since the Coalition took office.

Since 2014 there has been $282 million in cuts.

This broken promise resulted in 800 jobs and a drop in Australian content and services. This year alone, the Turnbull Government has cut a further $83.7 million in ABC funding.

I am very proud that Bill Shorten has announced that a Labor Government will reverse the unfair $83.7 million cut to the ABC and will guarantee funding certainty over the next budget cycle.

It is vitally important that we restore trust and faith in this important national institution. Restoring a healthy public interest media sector is important at a time when Australians are feeling disengaged from their democracy and distrustful of their representatives. Protecting our well trusted ABC is a great place to start.

Copy of Claire Moore MP, Senator for Queensland