Federal opposition targets Capricornia during question time
THE FEDERAL opposition appears to have the seat of Capricornia clearly in its sights after singling out local member Michelle Landry during question time in parliament this week.
Member for Griffith Terri Butler asked the Prime Minister if he had told Ms Landry that about 8000 working families in her electorate would be worse off because of his budget.
Ms Butler told parliament that, as a result of the budget, a single-income family in Rockhampton on $65,000 with two children in school would be around $6000 a year worse off by 2018-19.
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"Local Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, needs to stand up for local families and vote against these cuts," Ms Butler said.
"Families in Capricornia already know they can't trust Mr Abbott.
"It's time that Michelle Landry did the right thing and opposed these cuts to families in Capricornia."
But Ms Landry said Labor's statement in question time was muckraking nonsense and that Labor had no credible economic solutions.
"NATSEM analysis fails to account for any benefits involved in moving people from welfare to work, which is a key feature of the Coalition budget," she said.
"The fact is, when in government, Labor cut more than $15billion from Family Tax Benefits.
"When Bill Shorten was Minister for Employment he booted over 60,000 single parents off the Parenting Payment onto Newstart."
Ms Butler yesterday told The Morning Bulletin Labor had been very clear they shouldn't have made that change.
"We shouldn't have done that, it was the wrong thing to do," she said.
"But we're talking about a budget now that wants to move money around at the expense of people on Family Tax Benefit B… people on the lowest incomes are hardest hit."
She said she had singled out Capricornia because she wanted to ask the question about Queensland and was concerned the Prime Minister wasn't giving his members the full picture.
"I could have asked it of any one of the electorates outside Brisbane, but Capricornia and Dawson have high numbers of people on FTB," she said.