Government warned not to lie ahead of budget next week

Treasurer Scott Morrison will reveal the latest Federal Budget next week with health care funding one of the biggest issues
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Scott Morrison will reveal his latest budget next week.

Treasurer Scott Morrison will reveal the latest Federal Budget next week with health care funding one of the biggest issues on the table.

The government is set to address Medicare, hospital funding and the GP rebate freeze all the while trying to get the economy back into the black like they promised.

Public hospitals are expected to be addressed after crying out for more funding, with many needing more bed space to deal with patient overloads.

For many over 60s, the big issue is GP fees with many people holding out hope they won’t rise again under changes to Medicare and the rebate freeze.

While the government is expected to forecast continued growth, ratings agencies have said they won’t be sitting idly by if they believe Mr Morrison is talking too big of a game.

Our AAA rating has already been put on negative watch and the agencies say they are holding out further judgement until the budget is delivered.

The government has been trying to pass savings measures over the pass few months, but have been blocked in the Senate on issues such as the dole and cuts to family tax benefits.

Mr Morrison says we have to make cuts in these areas if we’re going to return the economy to full health.

“We have to get the budget back to balance and that requires passing what’s almost $20bn of other savings measures and improvement measures ­between now and the budget,” he said.

While the government has their own priorities, many over 60s are calling for health care for the ageing population, GP fees and pension funding to be addressed.

What do you think the government needs to focus on most in the next budget? Where do you think they should make funding cuts and improvements?

  1. Margaret Tindill  

    Make marijuana legal and tax it, tax the companies that get off scot free. Why cant they think past cuts to welfare and health. I despair of them and their nasty mindset towards the less fortunate.

    • Guy Flavell  

      Margaret, put your bong down and try to think clearly about what you’ve just said. Our welfare system
      is totally out of control with around 50% of all Australians enjoying some kind of welfare handouts.
      The system is horribly rorted and desperately needs serious reform. It’s a joke that the
      Government allows the flagrant double dipping on Parental Leave payments. By cancelling this
      rort alone would save the budget $billions. Companies pay tax on their PROFITS only … no profit, no tax payable.
      The four major banks last year paid in excess of $10 billion in taxation and the large mining companies paid far in excess of this. Our health system is universally regarded as THE best in the
      world with pensioners able to enjoy completely FREE health services … apart from a $5.20 cost
      for scripts.
      As to legalizing marijuana, well ok, BUT price it at $500 an oz. and help our budget deficit at the
      expense of the idiots that are hooked on it … as they’ve done to the ciggie smokers.

      • facebook_elda.quinton  

        Not true Guy. Pensioners don’t enjoy a completely free health service. There are lots of co-payments depending on which tests you are prescribed by your doctor. My partner is being sent for a heart stress test which is going to cost him over $100. He just had a blood test which is not covered and cost $48. I’ve just had 2 cataract surgeries with each eye costing over $100 for before and after procedures some of which are not covered at all by medicare.

        • Guy Flavell  

          Elda, it IS a totally free health service for genuine old age pensioners. I have just come out
          of hospital after a cateroid artery operation with absolutely no cost other than a $5.20
          script for antibiotics. Some of the other FREE benefits I’ve received over recent years include:
          1) FREE GP visits. ALL referrals resulting in absolutely no cost.
          2) FREE vascular surgeon’s visits including all ultra-sound and doplars.
          3) FREE skin care visits and removal of sun-spots.
          4) FREE podiatry and dietitian’s visits twice a year.
          5) FREE CPap machines (3 of) and parts … for my sleep apnoea.
          6) FREE optician’s visits with FREE glasses.
          7) $28 per visit (first only) comprehensive dental care … plus FREE dentures.
          8) FREE occupational therapy visits to my home.
          9)FREE mobility aids (special ergo armchair, walking frame, etc.) Scooter if I need one.
          10) FREE hearing aids replaced every five years at no cost.
          11)FREE home emergency pendant with button to activate the alarm.
          12)FREE ambulance service.
          13) FREE after surgery home care.
          Plus, for hospital procedures I definitely have the choice of my OWN surgeon.

          Elda, you’ve either got a rotten doctor who’s on kick-backs or silly enough to be paying for
          private health cover when you don’t have to.

      • Post$cript  

        Instead of quoting the LNP rhetoric do some research or you are a troll and singing from the LNP song book.

      • Mareela  

        Guy Flavell stop peddling your biased rhetoric about recipients of welfare. There are NOT 12 million Australians on welfare. You are obviously lying and we are not stupid. However, you seem able only to regurgitate right wing propaganda. I guess one has to feel sorry for you especially if you get your news from the Murdoch press.

        • Guy Flavell  

          Mareela, that is an accurate percentage reported by Christian Porter. There are many, many different forms of welfare ranging from family tax benefits right the way through to the
          old age pension. According to this Government report there ARE actually 50% of Australians
          accepting Government welfare handouts of some kind or other. It is NOT a good sign
          for our country especially if a recession occurs in the next year or so.

    • Roger  

      To Margaret Tindill. The government targets the less fortunate simply because the less fortunate are extremely easy targets whereas the tax dodging large companies are not but a Liberal government is much more likely to attack the less fortunate than it is to target large companies and wealthy people because it is to those companies and people to which a Liberal government panders.

      • Guy Flavell  

        WRONG ROGER !!! The Government rightly supports large companies for three logical reasons,ie:
        1) The majority of taxation raised in this country comes from this sector based on the total
        amount of profits they achieve.
        2) This sector employs countless numbers of Australians … who also pay tax on their earnings.
        3) This sector MUST remain profitable to ensure 1) and 2) … plus future new jobs and growth.
        As to the “less fortunate” being attacked … a pathetic ‘loser’ philosophy sadly afflicting many
        low to middle class Aussies who will always be envious of the successful and wealthy in our
        society.

    • Lesley Rhoden  

      Firstly the age of entitlement is over. Aged pensioners should be excluded from any cuts as they contributed to fund a pension for retirees. Instead take away all benefits from ex politicians and make them wait until official retirement age to get their super. Then we need to expect families to pay for their own children and lifestyle instead of always looking for more handouts for them. Some of these familes take more out of the system than they contribute via taxes. That is ridiculous. Ilder Australians are hit time and again and they are the people who are not in a position to go out to work. Make the cuts to those who are capable of doing more for themself and their family or teach them not to expect to have the same as those who have worked a lifetime for what they have. Younger people today don’t want to wait. They want the 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house with a pool, 2 cars, holidays and private schools etc and they want it now. They keep demanding more and more help from public coffers to make this possible.

  2. Claire Hancock  

    Ahh, I think you’ll find that it’s this year’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook papers (MYEFO) that will be released shortly (end of December). The annual Budget is brought down in May each year. The MYEFO is an update of the current economic outlook, and it also forecasts any economic changes as a result of any further decisions or actions taken since the last Budget.

  3. Joy Anne Bourke  

    They should focus on pensioners getting a fair deal with hospital care and Doctor care, and not overcharging them unfairly. Pensioners are getting a rough deal from the Government especially as we paid for our taxes for 45 years or more and the money that was put aside to pay Pensioners was used by the government on other things. So now they should be looking after the aged care and Pensioners, and ensuring they can afford the appropriate treatment that pensioners deserve.
    Funding cuts and improvements – well lets see – NO RETIREMENT PENSIONS AND PERKS FOR POLITIANS TO START WITH. IN FACT POLITIANS SHOULD NOT GET ANY PERKS AS THEY ABUSE THEM AND TAKE ANY EXPENSES OUT OF THEIR HUGE WAGES. POLITIANS GOT 3% INCREASE FOR NEXT 3 YEARS. PENSIONERS GOT NOTHING NOT EVEN ENOUGH TO BUY A LOAF OF BREAD.
    LNP have lied from the beginning and cannot be trusted with anything they say. They are born liars and that will not change.

    • Guy Flavell  

      What on earth is a “POLITIAN”. Don’t you people have spell-check on your computers?
      Joy Anne, it’s pointless constantly blabbing on about politicians’ entitlements. I agree with
      you completely BUT please name one politician in ANY of the parties who’ll vote to reform the
      embarrassment of their salaries, entitlements and allowances ? We’ve just got to grin and bear
      it I’m afraid.

  4. Keith Graham  

    If the treasurer directed each minister to reduce their budget by a mere 10 percent, that’s right every department has to experience austerity, then our deficit would be erased within 3 years……..what could be simpler ???

  5. Lesley Rhoden  

    Firstly the age of entitlement is over. Aged pensioners should be excluded from any cuts as they contributed to fund a pension for retirees. Instead take away all benefits from ex politicians and make them wait until official retirement age to get their super. Then we need to expect families to pay for their own children and lifestyle instead of always looking for more handouts for them. Some of these familes take more out of the system than they contribute via taxes. That is ridiculous. Ilder Australians are hit time and again and they are the people who are not in a position to go out to work. Make the cuts to those who are capable of doing more for themself and their family or teach them not to expect to have the same as those who have worked a lifetime for what they have. Younger people today don’t want to wait. They want the 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house with a pool, 2 cars, holidays and private schools etc and they want it now. They keep demanding more and more help from public coffers to make this possible.

  6. Cut there insane pensions and entitlements, that would help, but no those greedy politicians are giving themselves a big raise for doing such a great job taking the poor people pension away instead, never their own. Horrible people all of them.

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