Thursday 5th January 2017 - 6:33 pm

PM says he wants more breast care nurses, but…

by Alan Thornhill

The Prime Minister, MalcolmTurnbull, says his government wants more “wonderful” breast care nurses.


He was speaking at the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Day High Tea, during Day 3 of ther Commonwealth Bank’s Test Series,  between Australia and Pakistan.


“Whether you are at home or here at the cricket, this is a time to make that commitment, show that love and support for these wonderful Breast Care Nurses,” Mr Turnbull said.

“ We want more of them,” he added.


He said he had met the Foundation in Hobart not so long ago and announced:  “… our re-commitment of a further $20.5 million to support 57 Breast Care Nurses over the next five years.


“That’s the Commonwealth Government’s continuing commitment.”


Meanwhile he encouraged private citizens in Australia to be as generous as possible in this cause.


He noted that kids were collecting money, in buckets, at the stadium yesterday, while more was being collected through the internet.


Meanwhile the acting opposition leader and shadow shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, said even a former Liberal Treasurer, Peter Costello, now recognises that the government is on the wrong path with its tax policies.


He said the:  “ Turnbull Government’s company tax cuts – a $50 billion ram raid on the Budget – have taken a major hit with former Liberal Treasurer Peter Costello now arguing it’s more important to pursue personal income tax cuts.

“Mr Costello’s intervention makes a mockery of Scott Morrison’s argument that the company tax cuts are desperately needed to generate ‘jobs and growth’.

“Mr Costello has previously criticised the company tax cut plan for not being properly funded.

“The $50 billion tax cuts for big business were the centre piece of Scott Morrison’s 2016 Budget and the Government’s election campaign.


“But the Government hasn’t tried to pass the legislation through the Parliament,” Mr Bowen said.

“The fact is, the $50 billion tax cut for big business is keeping the Budget under pressure at the exact time Standard & Poor’s have Australia’s AAA rating on negative watch,” he added.

“Scott Morrison is simply clueless as Treasurer.


Previously he argued strongly for personal income tax cuts himself before being rolled by Malcolm Turnbull on increasing the GST


“And then he settled for a unfounded $50 billion tax cut for big business,”  Mr Bowen said.

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