Capricornia MP says budget should look after the battlers
DON'T burden our battlers, Joe.
That's the message from Capricornia MP Michelle Landry to Treasurer Joe Hockey in the countdown to the federal budget, to be delivered on Tuesday.
She said she did not want to see Central Queensland battlers loaded with any extra income levies.
However, she warned that those on higher incomes might have to shoulder some of the responsibility of paying off Labor's massive debt - and she insists politicians should not be immune.
"I won't know what is in the budget until budget night but there is a lot of speculation of some type of levy on incomes to help meet the nation's out of control debt left by Labor," Ms Landry said.
"Whatever the budget contains, I don't want our battlers - those on low incomes and our pensioners - struggling to make ends meet, loaded up with any more income tax burdens, because that would not be fair."
Ms Landry said that Labor's debt legacy equated to $25,000 for every Australian man, woman and child. That was about $1 billion a month in interest repayments alone.
She likened the debt to a national illness that required urgent medication.
"The fact is the national debt is unhealthy. Our government was elected on the promise it would fix the debt," Ms Landry said.
"Fixing the budget situation is like administering a strong medication.
"There is an initial uncomfortable feeling as the medication goes down, but steps are necessary to create a healthier economy for all Australians."