Today the Government calls on all Opposition Members and Senators to declare if they will follow Tony Abbott and vote against cost of living help that will leave millions of Australian household budgets better off.
The Government will deliver cost of living help to Australian households for price impacts flowing from the carbon price by introducing separate legislation into the Parliament.
The Government will deliver household assistance that:
Mr Abbott has made it very clear that he will vote against all of these measures.
"I don't believe there are any parts of this package that we will keep"
ABBOTT – 3AW – 11 JULY 2011
"We will be opposing all the Government's legislation"
ABBOTT – PRESS CONFERENCE – 10 JULY 2011
Joe Hockey has been less certain:
"We will be closely looking at the legislation to see what its real impact is on people"
HOCKEY – ABC NEWS 24 – 11 JULY 2011
It's now time for the Opposition to clarify its position and for individual Members and Senators to declare whether they will oppose this cost of living relief for Australian families, pensioners and individuals.
And claims that Mr Abbott makes about alternative tax relief must be accompanied by details of the amount Australians can expect, as well as how this tax relief will be funded and its impact on the budget bottom line if the Coalition is to have any credibility.
12 July 2011