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48    Budget 2018-19

Senator Bilyk moved—That the Senate—

               (a)       acknowledges that the Turnbull Government’s budget:

                                     (i)       cuts the energy supplement for pensioners - costing pensioners $14 a fortnight,

                                    (ii)       forces Australians to work until they are 70 before they are eligible for the pension,

                                  (iii)       locks in $17 billion in cuts to schools, $2.2 billion in cuts to universities and cuts to hospitals,

                                  (iv)       cuts Medicare by keeping the rebate freeze on specialists for one more year,

                                   (v)       introduces $270 million in new cuts to TAFE and apprentices,

                                  (vi)       breaks a promise to not cut funding to the ABC by slashing more than $80 million,

                                (vii)       announces a $1.5 billion cut to remote housing by ending the national partnership agreement and $40 million cut to dental care for veterans, and

                               (viii)       confirms $80 billion tax handout to big business, including $17 billion to the big banks; and

               (b)       calls on the Turnbull Government to immediately reverse these unfair measures.

Debate ensued.

Closure : Senator Watt moved—That the question be now put.

Question—That the question be now put—put and passed.

Main question put and passed.

General business concluded.