"These are purely ideological changes that go to the very core of the Prime Minister's character."
Shorten hit out at the $80 billion in cuts to funding for the states to pay for schools and hospitals.The Government announced in the budget that it will dump the Gonski school funding plan in 2017-18, saving around $30 billion.Hospital funding agreements, agreed with the states and territories under former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd, will also be wound back from 2017 saving a massive $50 billion over eight years.
The cuts sparked fury from most of the states today who believe the commonwealth is trying to "wedge" them into pushing for an increase to the GST. These are of course the same Liberal Premiers who have made their own savage cuts to health and education.
Shorten said: "The Prime Minister and the Treasurer are blackmailing the states into becoming the Commonwealth's cat's paw - a Trojan horse to a bigger GST but absolving the Abbott Government of fingerprints or blame,"