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Peter Costello’s 10th Budget Speech 2005-06

The Treasurer, Peter Costello, has delivered his 10th, and possibly last, Federal Budget. The budget contains major reforms to social welfare, as well as personal and business tax cuts.

  • Listen to Costello’s 2005 Budget Speech (34m)

This is the prepared transcript of the Treasurer’s Budget Speech, delivered on the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2005-06.

Mr Speaker, I move that the Bill now be read a second time. [Read more…]

Howard Announces (And Re-Announces) Funds For Child And Family Services

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has stepped up his electioneering by announcing $365 million for early childhood intervention programmes.

Some of the announcements are re-releases of budget announcements. They follow the Opposition’s announcement of a baby care payment policy. [Read more…]