Budget to be filled with leftover Tony Abbott schemes

He may have been ousted as prime minister, but Tony Abbott has proved time and time again that he’s not

He may have been ousted as prime minister, but Tony Abbott has proved time and time again that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Now the former PM has a new reason to smile after it was revealed that Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison plan on using a number of old budget policies from Mr Abbott’s era.

Mr Abbott faced huge backlash, alongside his treasurer Joe Hockey, for his tough budgets which saw huge cuts to welfare systems and a proposed increase in the pension age.

New details about the budget, which will be delivered later today, reveal that $13 billion worth of Mr Abbott’s old budget measures will be included in the new proposal.

They are measures that he proposed in both his first and second budgets, but which failed to pass in the Senate.

The biggest are the $600 million from planned cuts to access to Family Tax Benefits and $258 million from the outlawing of alleged double-dipping of maternity leave schemes.

Some of the most controversial proposals include lifting the age pension qualifying age to 70, increasing the age of eligibility for Newstart payments, imposing an extra one-week waiting period on all working-age payments, and tightening access to the Medicare Safety Net.

While these measures are said to save Australia billions, many have questioned why Mr Turnbull would include them in the budget after it was such a failure when Mr Abbott tried.

There was public outcry over many of Mr Abbott’s drastic budget measures and it is thought they played a huge part in his eventual ousting as prime minister.

With an election just around the corner, many are wondering if Mr Turnbull just shot himself in the foot.

Since he was dumped from office, Mr Abbott has repeatedly defended his tough budgets so the news that he is still influencing policy and the economy across the country is no doubt music to his ears.

What do you think about these budget proposals? Do you support an increase in the pension age and cuts to family welfare benefits?

  1. Anne Wolski  

    Typical…hit the ones who are already hurting…we’ll end up with a huge homeless population and an increase in crime as people fight for survival. Maybe they should cut the pensions for the pollies and make them wait till they’re 70.

  2. Trish Stein  

    Refering to the headline, So what? Some of his policies (not all) are right. Just because he is out of favour with the media doesn’t make the policies wrong all of a sudden. We cannot continue to borrow as people who do that go bankrupt. We must live within our means and because of former borrowing, we can’t use all of the money coming in as we have to service the loans already in existence. Labour was given a bank balance within the range of good operations. They spent all of that and more leaving us in the fiscal mess we have. This will take at least two terms of government to put right and even then we will have to do without some of the goodies we have become used to. We must live on the basics while these incredible billions in debt are made manageable again. Nice to spend big but the money was used from our future income and now , in that future, we have to pay it back. No, I’m not a big Tony fan, but even I can see sense in some of what he was trying to do.

  3. sonia  

    I vote for the party and not the person. It is not one person that makes any party it is the overall policies.

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