“I have made it very clear that there are a number of things I would like to do that we will not be able to do in our first budget,” he said.
“We will also go through, line by line, and look for the waste that is there.
“And already now we have identified a number of measures taken by the previous government that are frankly unrelated.
“And we will take appropriate steps through Katy Gallagher, as Treasury Secretary, and Jim Chalmers, as Treasurer. And our ERC is already working very hard.”
When ABC 7.30 host Leigh Sales Asked by the Prime Minister about the theme and goal of the budget, Albanese said the first would be to get rid of “waste and shit” and the second would be to live up to the Labor election promises.
He cited childcare funding, job creation and skills Australia and climate policy to reduce carbon emissions and invest in the electricity grid as examples.
The leader of the Greens, Adam Bandt, calls on the government to abandon the personal tax cuts that were legislated in the last parliamentary term, but which will not come into force until the next few years, but Albanese did not indicate a change in his position when Sales asked him about the cost of the budget.
“Can you really move on with that in an environment where you have high inflation and pressure on things you want to spend money on like NDIS?” she asked.
“Well, they are legislated, and one of the things that people have a right to believe is that when a politician commits before an election, they keep it, and I intend to do that,” he replied. Albanese.
“What we also need is to have that certainty. “People made assessments based on the security that comes through statutory tax changes, and we intend to meet that, Leigh.”
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