Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin
Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin Contributed

Page most disadvantaged when it comes to tax cuts

IT'S OFFICIAL. Page is the most disadvantaged electorate in Australia when it comes to getting a share of the Turnbull-National government's budget tax cuts for high-income earners.

Janelle Saffin, the Labor candidate for Page, says Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that only 14 per cent of income earners in Page earn more than $80,000 a year and would qualify for the government's tax cuts.

"14 per cent - that is lowest percentage of tax-cut beneficiaries in Australia. Compare that to the Prime Minister's own Sydney electorate of Wentworth, where 40 per cent of income earners will get tax cuts," Ms Saffin said.

"Mr Turnbull is clearly favouring his millionaires. In Page, the average income is $41, 572.

"Locals are asking where Mr Hogan and the National Party were when the Budget was prepared? Nice talk no longer cuts it, real action is required to represent our community."

Who will you vote for in the electorate of Page?

This poll ended on 10 May 2016.

Current Results

Kevin Hogan - National

32%

Janelle Saffin - Labor

54%

Kudra Falla-Ricketts - Greens

9%

Other

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Ms Saffin said the Coalition Government's Budget and Labor's Budget reply provide voters with stark policy contrasts.

"Labor is the only party with policies which look after rural and regional Australians," she said.

"On average we earn less money than people in cities. Few of us will benefit from these unfair tax cuts, meanwhile the Turnbull-National Government is still pulling $80 million out of schools and hospitals as outlined in the 2014 most unfair budget on record.

"Labor will reverse these cruel cuts and invest in schools. Labor is committed to funding the last two years of Gonksi reforms. These programs are costed and independently scrutinised.

"And we will properly fund the health care system - Medicare will not be privatised and Australians will not have to pay basic pathology tests like pap smears, blood tests and x-rays."

Ms Saffin says Labor was also serious about real action on climate change, with a target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, which will create and sustain jobs.

"The Nationals, the silent partners in the Coalition, are complicit in all these injustices," Ms Saffin said.

"They are not fighting to defend education and health services in rural and regional Australia. They are not supporting the renewables industry which is our local jobs, our future.

"Instead they dance to the tune the City Liberals play - happy to grant big corporations tax cuts.

"This election will not be about leaders or personalities or individuals. This election is about the future of our nation.

"Australians want to live in a country that offers everyone a fair go. We do not want to create a country where the gap between the haves and have-nots becomes an unbridgeable chasm."



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