GREENS candidate for McMillan Malcolm McKelvie has responded to Wayne Swan’s federal budget, expressing disappointment about continued subsidies for mining companies.
Dr McKelvie, who earlier this month told The Warragul Citizen climate change will be his key concern heading into the September election, said Labor’s budget was “disappointing”.
“Labor will spend $10 billion in this year’s budget subsidising the biggest mining companies to look for and burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas,” Dr McKelvie said.
“That’s equivalent to $66 million for every electorate in the country that could have been spent in the community.
Dr McKelvie said improved mental health services in regional areas would have been a wiser investment.
“$66 million spent on rural and regional mental health services in McMillan would transform the experience for those with mental illness and their families and friends,” Dr McKelvie said.
“The Labor party had the opportunity to manage the economy in a way that would build a more caring Australia.
“Instead we got $2.3 billion of university cuts, $1 billion taken from clean energy and the environment and continued punishment for single parents.”
Dr McKelvie listed a number of areas which he said required further funding.
“Instead of spending $10 billion on mining company fossil fuel tax breaks, Labor could have helped thousands of Australians out of poverty by increasing Newstart and reversing cuts to vital support for single parents,” Dr McKelvie said.
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