Usually most of the politicians stream out of Canberra on Thursday night in a Parliamentary sitting week, hoping to spend the Friday back in their electorates or on other business. However, this week, most stayed back for the speeches replying to the Budget.
Kevin Rudd’s focus on funding trades in schools seems to have got most of the attention. Like the Budget itself, there were some good components, but I was disappointed that – as with Mr Costello’s speech – there was no mention at all of the need to give priority to inequality faced by Indigenous Australians, or a commitment to fix some of the serious structural problems underlying the entrenched housing affordability crisis.
I’ve also had another shot at doing a piece for YouTube on what the Budget really looks like – click here if you want to have a look.