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"...$14 billion cut to schools…”

Source: Bill Shorten, 2019 Budget Reply (4 April 2019)

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Truth on Schools

Our guaranteed funding commitment delivers an additional $37 billion in schools over the next decade (to 2029).

This increases average funding per student by 62% over a decade.

We are investing record funding in schools, increasing Commonwealth funding from $13.7 billion in 2013-14 (Labor’s last year) to $31.8 billion in 2028-29.

Parents can see for themselves all the facts on schools funding – including the funding increases at their local school, at the Department of Education’s School Funding Estimator



"…$2.8 billion cut to hospitals…"

Source: Bill Shorten, 2019 Budget Reply (4 April 2019)

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Truth on Hospitals

Hospital funding has increased from $13.3 billion in Labor’s last year (2012-13) to $21.2 billion this year – an increase of 59%.

Our new five-year public hospital agreement with the states and territories delivers $31 billion more funding for hospitals (between 2020-21 and 2024-25).

Annual hospital funding will more than double compared to Labor – from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $29.1 billion in 2024-25.

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"In every single budget the Liberals have handed down they’ve tried to cut the pension."

Source: Jenny Macklin, The Australian (19 March 2017)

"The Prime Minister is still cutting $14 from pensioners every fortnight."

Source: Bill Shorten, 2018 Budget Reply (10 May 2018)

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Truth on Pensions

Since the Liberal National Government was elected, pensions have increased by $117.90 per fortnight for singles and by $177.40 per fortnight for couples combined. (web link:

Income Support for Seniors is increasing by $6.5 billion - from $48.3 billion in 2019-20, to $54.8 billion in 2022-23.

Source: 2019-20 Budget Paper No. 1 - Budget Strategy and Outlook (5-23)



"Right across Australia people are doing worse, the health system isn't working as well, because we've seen unfair cuts to Medicare."

Source: Bill Shorten, doorstop interview (23 November 2017)

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Truth on Medicare

Medicare investment is guaranteed and increasing by $6 billion.

The Government passed the Medicare Guarantee Act which guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation. Medicare funding is increasing from $24.9 billion in 2018-19 to $30.7 billion in 2022-23 – an increase of $6 billion.

More Australians are now seeing a doctor without having to pay. Last year 86% of GP visits were bulk billed – up from 82% in Labor’s last year. That’s an extra 27 million GP visits that were bulk billed.

Source: Department of Health, 2019-20 Budget Papers

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"...cut $3 billion from TAFE and apprenticeships."


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Truth on Tafe

The Government’s new Skilling Australians Fund will create more apprenticeships over the next 4 years.

Over the next five years a further 80,000 apprentices will be created in occupations with skills shortages, through incentive payments for employers and apprentices.

We are establishing 10 local Industry Training Hubs in areas of high youth unemployment, to ensure vocational education programs are tailored to meet local workforce needs and skills demands.

When Bill Shorten was the minister for employment, there was a decline of 110,000 apprentices (or 22%) in just one year (2012-13), the largest annual decline on record.

The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to state governments which is then spent on apprenticeships.

Mr Shorten should be judged on his record as a Minister, not on his ‘promises’.

Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research – Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963 to 2017


Penalty Rates

" eight times to cut penalty rates"

Source: Bill Shorten, Hansard (10 September 2018)

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Truth on Penalty Rates

It is the independent Fair Work Commission that sets penalty rates, not the government. It was Bill Shorten, as Julia Gillard’s Workplace Relations Minister, who set up the review into penalty rates which led to the independent umpire modifying Sunday rates for some retail and hospitality workers (in 4 out of 122 awards).

When he ran the Australian Workers Union, Bill Shorten made deals to lower penalty rates, including for retail workers at Big W, Target and Just Jeans.

For a company called Cleanevent, Bill Shorten stripped penalty rates for low paid cleaners with no compensation, while his union accepted payments from the company.

Bill Shorten and Labor have a history of lying. We can’t let them get away with it. We need your help to ensure our message reaches as many people as possible.

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