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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3251

Ms BRODTMANN (Canberra) (13:33): Canberra was kicked in the guts by the Turnbull government in last year's budget. We received a paltry and insulting 0.004 per cent of the infrastructure spend—a mere $3 million from $75 billion. And, to add insult to injury, we were presented with nothing but cuts. It was a budget for our nation's capital with nothing but cuts: cuts to the Public Service, in the thousands; cuts to our national institutions; cuts to our schools, in the millions; cuts to our hospitals; and cuts to our universities. There were cuts of more than 2,150 jobs from the Public Service, 14 per cent of staff from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and 20 per cent of staff from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

These cuts are not just numbers. They are cuts to the people of my community—people with mortgages, people with rent, people with car loans, people with medical expenses, people with families and people with bills to pay. These are people who are used to bracing themselves whenever a coalition government releases a budget. We saw it in the nineties under the Howard government. Once again, we're bracing ourselves for tonight's budget, and once again I'm begging the Turnbull government—please, no more cuts to Canberra! End the sustained attack on— (Time expired)