Scott Morrison declares an end to class warfare as Bill Shorten prepares billions in savings
Treasurer Scott Morrison has declared an end to class warfare in Australian politics during his post-budget sales pitch, saying voters were "over the us and them" approach to governing.
As the government shifted gears and began its election-eve sales pitch, Mr Morrison dismissed claims the budget had created winners and losers, argued the stronger economy would benefit all and highlighted crackdowns on multinational tax avoidance and superannuation tax concessions as evidence of the budget's fairness.
"We have got to stop looking at the economy as if it's a whole bunch of individuals, and they are all looking for their little bit out of the government," Mr Morrison told the National Press Club post-budget lunch.
"Australians are over this class warfare, they are over the us and them. They are over it."
But the Labor leader Bill Shorten will reject that claim on Thursday night and is preparing to launch a ferocious attack on the Turnbull government in his budget reply speech.
The Opposition Leader will make politically brave promises of billions of dollars in new spending cuts over a 10-year period in his speech, while also claiming tens of billions in savings by opposing the budget's centrepiece "10 year plan" to cut company tax to 25 per cent by 2026-27.