The Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher and the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, were key speakers at the ACOSS Federal Budget Breakfast this morning (April 15).
Both MPs took to the stage at the Aerial Centre in UTS to relay the key budgetary goals of their respective parties.
Mr Fletcher, who is the Liberal Member for Bradfield, shared the progress of cashless debit cards and provided details of the distribution of funds for "women's safety".
"This brings the total investment by our Government for women's safety to more than $840m since 2013," he said.
He also addressed the government's recently announced Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and spoke of the importance of jobs creation.
Mr Bowen, who is the Labor member for McMahon, spoke extensively of the "recklessness" of the Coalition's promised tax cuts and refunds - arguing that they were not in the interests of small business owners.
"I just want to focus on two areas that are a part of our agenda... and that is franking credits and those tax cuts," he said.
In the Q&A session that followed, the limited funding of the Newstart allowance was raised, with Mr Bowen conceding that while Labor was reviewing the program, there are no immediate initiatives planned. - Amaani Siddeek @AmaaniSiddeek