The Federal Opposition Leader, Kevin Rudd, has delivered his Budget Reply speech to the House of Representatives.
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This is the text of the Budget Reply speech by the Leader of the Opposition, Kevin Rudd.
Mr Speaker, I am an optimist when it comes to our country’s future. Tonight I want to outline our plan for our country’s future.
I believe budgets should not be about the next election. They should be about the next decade. They should reflect the ambition we have for our nation’s long-term future.
Mr Speaker, we are truly blessed to be Australians. We live in a stable democracy, when many in the world do not. We have enjoyed great prosperity – and have benefited from a time of unparalleled world economic growth.
And to cap this off, we have prospered from the rise of China, the rise of India and the global resources boom.
The benefits of this are washing through the economy, creating jobs, generating new businesses and boosting government revenues to an all time high.