'Electorate will be hit hard'

Enraged: McMahon MP Chris Bowen said families in his electorate would be worse off under measures announced in the the federal budget last week. Picture: Andrew Meares

Enraged: McMahon MP Chris Bowen said families in his electorate would be worse off under measures announced in the the federal budget last week. Picture: Andrew Meares

SHADOW treasurer Chris Bowen, the McMahon MP, lashed out at the federal government saying his electorate will be hardest hit after the release of the budget last week.

Mr Bowen said the electorate had been hit with a budget of broken promises, cruel cuts and unfair increases in the cost of living.

He said the budget would increase petrol prices raise the pension age to 70 and place a $7 fee for each visit to the doctor.

Mr Bowen said it was an "extraordinary attack" on people in our area.

"Analysis shows that my electorate is the most adversely affected in Australia," he said.

"The attack on pensioners and charging people to go to the doctor is the most outrageous part of the budget.

"It's a budget of broken promises and deceit," Mr Bowen said.

He said it was outrageous that people would be forced to work until they were 70.

It would be impossible for trades people in his electorate to do so.

"People were promised by Abbott that he would make cost of living better but he has betrayed them," Mr Bowen said.

He said families would be hit with new taxes every time they got into their car.

"People travel a lot in our area, so it's an adverse attack on local families," Mr Bowen said.

"Hospitals and schools in our area will also suffer.

"Hockey promised no cuts to health and education and that's exactly what his done."

He said Labor would continue to consider measures in the budget over the coming days.

"Tony Abbott wants to make it harder for families to make ends meet and Labor will hold him to account," Mr Bowen said.

"The Prime Minister will forever be defined by this cruel and twisted budget."

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