Bill Shorten vows $71 billion in savings
BILL Shorten has vowed to impose heavier taxes on the rich as part of his plan to save $71 billion over the next decade.
The Opposition leader has been accused of inspiring a 'class war' - a claim he denies.
But comments in his budget reply speech certainly added to the theme.
"From Tony's Tradies to Malcolm's Millionaires, this is a budget for big business over battlers," he said.
"They are collecting more tax than any time since John Howard's last year in office - and yet they've added $100 billion to Australia's national debt."
Mr Shorten said the $71 billion of budget improvements he had outlined were 'what a responsible budget looks like'.
He said the temporary deficit levy on high income earners that is due to expire next June would be made permanent, providing an estimated $16 billion.
Labor would not proceed with the Government's budget plan to reduce company tax to a flat 25 per cent in 10 years, which Mr Shorten maintains would save $49 billion.
The third element is a restriction on the size of government-backed vocational education loans, saving $6 billion.
He said Labor would focus on helping working families, rather than the rich.
"It is not 'class war' to disagree with cutting money from families on $50,000 and $60,000 [a year] in order to give millionaires a tax break."