Tax cuts for everybody eventually… The most friendly budget?
Leading his third Federal Budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison has focussed on tax cut “affordability” and delivering a “responsible” budget that will encourage consumer spending and economic growth, without damaging the reduction of the national debt and drive to surplus. The winners in the 2018 budget are taxpayers on lower income tax brackets, older Australians and small business.
In keeping with previous years, this year’s budget delivered few surprises. But the question remains – has Treasurer Scott Morrison done enough to convince the electorate that the Coalition Government should be returned to power? It is a fine balancing act for the Government as it endeavours to appease the electorate – which has not seen an increase in real wages for several years amidst rising household costs – while, at the same time, needing to maintain its position of being fiscally responsible and getting the economy back into surplus by 2019-20.