In the Chamber
2018 Federal Budget
This budget can be encapsulated in three words: opportunity, security and responsibility.
This budget is a forward-looking, responsible blueprint for a modern liberal Australia. The Goldstein community has consistently voiced concern over the rising costs of living and the lack of infrastructure investment, particularly by the state government. But critically, it has consistently expressed a view that government—their government; the nation's government—is prudent and responsible. This involves exercising spending restraint, with a view towards minimising unnecessary expenses, enabling us to return to a position of surplus so we can start to pay back Labor's debt legacy. That is what this budget does: it delivers opportunity, security and responsibility for our great nation. As a government, we have listened and we have acted.