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May 14, 2014

Crikey says: cut the guts, bugger the consequences

A vindictive budget? That's Bernard Keane's assessment. Plus Richard Denniss on the political reality. Where will the ABC cut? Arts companies living in fear. Infrastructure spending: what's really new? Reaction from the health sector. Our abandonment of foreign aid goals. Plus how the media commentators reacted. And all the gossip from budget night in Canberra.

This is a budget that hurts the most vulnerable Australians and breaks promises on the back of a confected debt campaign. And that’s not us saying that, it’s Clive Palmer.

Palmer as a voice of reason? These are strange times, indeed.

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6 thoughts on “Crikey says: cut the guts, bugger the consequences

  1. paddy

    It’s not even economic pragmatism.
    Slashing money from those who spend everything they earn, or receive as part of our economic safety net, will not help the economy.
    There will be a terrible price in broken lives from this vicious act of bastardry.
    Abbott and his sleazy band of ideologues will not be forgiven for this….Ever!

  2. David Hand

    Palmer the voice of reason? The very fact that he said it exposes the shallowness of such a view.

    But I wouldn’t expect Crikey to have any insight about that.

  3. zut alors

    While I am one of those least affected by this cowardly budget it leaves me saddened…and angry. Angry that so many voters were duped by Abbott, a simplistic egomaniac who, let’s face it, was only elected because he wasn’t Rudd or Gillard.

  4. AR

    Abbott’s seminary (seminal?) daze have definitely inflicted him (and, as a consequence, US!), with the pernicious dogma of “pain for gain” – he keeps spouting that mantra,as if a shield against thinking.

  5. CML

    Right on, zut! I would add that he was only elected because he told li+s to the electorate for three years+, and had overwhelming support from the MSM. Especially Ltd News.
    Really makes you wonder what our journalists (most of them) have as their code of ethics/values.

  6. Luke Helbling

    Cutting $113 mil out of CSIRO but putting an extra $250 mil into school chaplancy programs? A clear priority for this govt. Way to take Aus back to the future!

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