The defining feature of the 2018-19 final budget outcome is a $4.6bn underspend in the national disability insurance scheme.
These new numbers show the Morrison government is propping up their budget by denying Australians with a disability the care they need, deserve and were promised.
Even with a $4.6bn underspend on the NDIS, higher iron ore prices and a lower dollar boosting profits and the bottom line, the budget is still in deficit.
This is the sixth consecutive budget deficit from a Liberal government which promised surpluses in the first year and every year after that.
Today’s result confirms that net debt has more than doubled under the Liberals from $175bn in 2013 to $374bn now.
The government shouldn’t be patting themselves on the back about today’s numbers.
Australia has the slowest growth in a decade, stagnant wages, productivity in decline, record household debt, high underemployment, and declining living standards.
Right when the Australian economy needs action to get the economy moving again, the Liberals have a political strategy but not an economic policy.
Shortchanging Australians with a disability is not an economic policy.
It is time Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison brought forward a budget update to update their forecasts and properly outline an economic plan that supports the floundering economy and better safeguards it from global risks.”