Australians need to stop complaining

Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Troy/Flickr

 

By Yvette Jurd

 Head of the Government’s Commission of Audit, Tony Shepherd, weighed in on the budget debate overnight, saying the Commission agonised about spreading the burden of budget repair, and that all sectors must sacrifice.

”I think it’s a sad reflection on the modern Australian attitude that they can’t see that all areas have to make a contribution and they look at it as a narrow, sectional issue” he said.

His input comes amid yesterday’s comments by Liberal backbencher George Christensen, who posted a photo of a child in poverty on social media and implied criticisms of the budget lacked perspective:

He followed up with:


 
The comments from Shepherd and Christensen highlight the disconnect between the Australian public and the Government, with Greg McKenna of the Business Insider pointing out that the problem with selling this budget is the raft of broken promises, and the shock the budget caused.

“It is as incumbent on the Government to make the case as to why the changes are necessary as it is for the public to recognise a greater imperative than their own personal impact” he said.

The Abbott Government has faced protest from a range of groups, including students, pensioners, welfare recipients, state governments and the health and education sectors.

Mr Shepherd defended the axing of the educational Gonski reforms, saying they were a “fine idea” but that the audit commissioners decided that to maintain the $5 billion a year extra funding would come at the expense of other sectors.

”We would have loved to have kept education funding at the levels of Gonski but we had to go through every program and bring [spending] under control. To maintain Gonski you must answer the question: do we cut hospitals more? Or cut disabled pensions more? Lower the rate of growth in the aged pension?” he said.

Prime Minister Abbott said Labor’s Gonski commitments were “pie in the sky” when he encountered 100 pro-Gonski protesters in Hobart on Thursday.

‘We are continuing to increase funding, it’s just that we are not continuing to increase it at the rate of the former government’s promises” Mr Abbott said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said the government are “a lazy, reckless, indifferent mob of swindlers… when they say we’re not going to have anything more to do with the funding of schools.”

Author: STM Editor

Journalist and teacher

Leave a Reply