Labor outlines budget measures it backs but dodges on health and education

    Labor is refusing to commit to restore long-term funding for health, education and foreign aid despite strenuously criticising the Abbott government’s cuts in those areas. The shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, used a post-budget speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday to announce Labor would support $2.4bn in Coalition savings measures. He also ruled out reintroducing a mining tax in the first term of a Labor government. Bowen said Labor would support the government’s changes to the taxation of working and holiday visa holders, the abolition of the…

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