MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, KEVIN RUDD MP
Tonight’s federal Budget was an impressive, responsible document. We congratulate the Government on its balanced approach to financial management of the Australian economy. Whilst there are some aspects of the Budget which lacked equity, and there was a startling absence of any meaningful action on climate change or fast broadband access for all Australians, its general direction is consistent with the approach Labor would take if elected. We applaud the Government’s belated recognition of the needs of the tertiary-education sector, and we commit to continuing and building on the innovative university-endowment policy announced by the Treasurer tonight.
Just because we are in Opposition does not mean that we feel compelled to automatically oppose everything the Government does, nor does it mean that we are unable to acknowledge responsible governance when we see it. We do not believe we must always be seen as “kneejerk knockers”.
We remain convinced, however, that Labor would be a better and more forward-thinking alternative for all Australians, and if we are elected at the next federal election we commit to continuing the Government’s responsible approach as well as adding a fresh, innovative and inclusive approach.
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[This media release was not issued by the Opposition Leader’s office last night at 7.31pm]