Labor must swallow some budget medicine

Rather than block so many budgetary measures, Labor should seize the opportunity to properly address rising healthcare costs and an ageing population – problems that aren’t going anywhere.

The biggest secret in last week’s federal budget was that it contained a number of good ideas. Unfortunately, a sledgehammer approach to policy has rewarded Labor and the Palmer United Party with a populist agenda -- an agenda that will do little to address our medium- and long-term budget issues.

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