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"...$17 billion cut to schools…”

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

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Truth on Schools

The Government’s schools funding agreement delivers $37.6 billion in additional funding over the next decade (to 2029).

That’s 62 per cent more funding per student, on average, over a decade.

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



"…$715 million cut to hospitals…"

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

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Truth on Hospitals

Public hospital funding is increasing by more than $30 billion.

The 2018 Budget fully funds a new five-year public hospital agreement with the states and territories that will deliver more than $30 billion in additional funding between 2020-21 and 2024-25.

Source: 2018-2019 Budget Papers - Guaranteeing the essential services Australians rely on



"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

The Age Pension increases twice a year, every year.

Since the Liberal National Government was elected, pensions have increased by $107.90 per fortnight for singles and by $162.60 per fortnight for couples combined.

Income Support for seniors is increasing by $7 billion - from $46.8 billion in 2018-19, to $53.8 billion in 2021-22.

Source: 2018-2019 Budget Paper No. 1 – Budget Strategy and Outlook (6-24)



"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 $4.8 billion.

The Government passed the Medicare Guarantee Act which guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation. Medicare funding is increasing from $24 billion in 2017-18 to $28.8 billion in 2021-22 – an increase of $4.8 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, Budget 2018-19 - Guaranteeing Medicare



"...cutting more than $3 billion from TAFE, apprenticeships and vocational education – including $270 million in this year’s budget alone."


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Truth on Tafe

Under the Government’s new Skilling Australians Fund – which will create 300,000 more apprenticeships over the next 4 years – the states receive more money per year on average than they did under Labor.

The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to the states which then spend it on apprenticeships.

The previous Labor government cut employer incentives for apprenticeships by $1.2 billion.

Bill Shorten was the minister for employment who oversaw Australia’s largest recorded annual decline in the number of apprentices – 110,000 or 22 per cent in just one year (2012-13).

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.