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David Bradbury

Assistant Treasurer, Minister Assisting for Financial Services & Superannuation and Minister for Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs

5 March 2012 - 18 September 2013

Media Release of 16/05/2013


Services and support on the chopping block as Abbott cuts to the bone

Tony Abbott has placed billions of dollars of vital services and support on the chopping block.

Mr Abbott has flagged that, unless he says otherwise, he will place vital services and support on the chopping block.

By keeping, if needed, all Labor's budget cuts – and – by not implementing any of their budget spending measures unless specified


This includes funding for schools under the National Plan for School Improvement and funding for cancer care.

Mr Abbott needs to come clean – as he cuts to the bone, will these programs be the victims of Mr Abbott's Commission of Cuts?

16 May 2013


Programs on Tony Abbott's Chopping Block
Spend Cost over the
Better Schools – National Plan for School Improvement – new school funding model -2,800.1
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – new and amended listings -686.7
Early Childhood Education – National Partnership Agreement – continuation -660.1
Middle East Area of Operations – continuation of Australia's military contribution -623.9
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – establishment -434.1
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands – transition -423.7
Early Years Quality Fund – establishment -314.2
Supporting jobseekers in the transition to work – increase and index the income free area for eligible income support recipients -258.0
A Plan for Australian Jobs – Industry Innovation Precincts – establishment -238.4
Growler electronic warfare system – acquisition of 12 EA-18G (Super Hornet) Growler aircraft -200.0
National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy – continuation -185.9
National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness -159.0
Geoscience Australia – supplementary departmental funding -154.0
Official development assistance – Enhancing Australia's Commitment to Development in the Asia-Pacific Region -137.0
Youth Attainment and Transitions – extension -127.7
Petroleum Resource Rent Tax – addressing issues arising from litigation -120.0
Better Schools – National Plan for School Improvement – continued support for students with disabilities -114.4
Supporting Senior Australians – Housing Help for Seniors – pilot -112.4
Australian Research Council – Future Fellowships scheme – continuation -100.2
National Insurance Affordability Initiative – commencement and initial projects -100.0
National Drought Program Reform -99.4
A Plan for Australian Jobs – opening up opportunities through Australian Industry Participation -98.2
Group of 20 meeting in 2014 – Queensland Government security costs -97.5
Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Melbourne Accommodation Project -95.7
Priority postgraduate and sub-bachelor courses – additional places -84.6
Creative Australia – enhancing the Australia Council for the Arts -75.3
Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding – assistance for communities affected by the 2012-13 Queensland floods -71.9
Support for the Child Care System Program – additional funding -71.1
Australian Broadcasting Corporation – continuation of Enhanced News Services -69.4
Alternative Pathways Program – establishment -68.8
International Communications Network – upgrade -68.6
Combating People Smuggling – strengthening response capability to irregular maritime arrivals -68.4
Combatting people smuggling – Enhancing the regional response -65.8
Better Schools – A National Plan for School Improvement – implementation -64.7
Addressing gang violence and organised crime – National Anti-Gang Taskforce, Gang Intelligence Centre and Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce -64.1
Superannuation reforms – a fairer excess contributions tax system -60.0
World Leading Cancer Care – additional funding for BreastScreen Australia program – expand the target age range -55.7
Referendum on the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution -55.6
Afghanistan – Australian Embassy -52.6
Tasmanian Forests Agreement – implementation package -50.3
Municipal and Essential Service Program – extension -44.1
Legal Assistance – expansion of funding -42.0
Addressing gang violence and organised crime – National Crime Prevention Fund -40.9
Improving incentives to study – extension of the Pensioner Education Supplement for single parents -39.7
Active After-School Communities program – extension -39.4
Personal income tax – Medicare levy low-income threshold -38.0
Official development assistance – support for low income countries through the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust – Stage 1 and Stage 2 -36.7
National Radioactive Waste Management – securing a site and First Stage business case -35.7
Australian Institute of Marine Science – additional operational funding -30.9
United Nations Security Council Term -30.7
Addressing gang violence and organised crime – National Border Targeting Centre -30.2
Australian Broadcasting Corporation – digital delivery of content -30.0
Call Centre supplementation – reducing waiting times -30.0
World Leading Cancer Care – chemotherapy services – additional funding -29.6
A Plan for Australian Jobs – Enterprise Solutions Program – establishment -27.7
Anti-Dumping and Countervailing System – enhancements -27.7
Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance – continuation of bridging and foundation courses -27.2
Digital Television Switchover – spectrum restacking – additional funding -26.6
Mental health services – expansion -26.4
National workplace relations system – funding for the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman – continuation -25.7
Anzac Centenary Program 2014-18 – additional funding -25.0
Cape York Welfare Reform – Embedding and Building -24.5
World Leading Cancer Care – Bone Marrow Transplant Program – additional funding -23.8
Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program -23.8
Energy Market Reform – Australian Energy Regulator -23.2
Indigenous Education Scholarships  – additional funding -21.9
Nairobi Chancery – construction -21.7
Filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo – contribution -21.6
Workplace Bullying – individual right of recourse -21.4
Creative Australia – Arts Training Organisations – additional funding -20.8
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act – water resources amendment -20.8
General Practice Rural Incentives Program – additional funding -20.0
Creative Australia – location incentive for international film and television productions -20.0
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation – additional funding -20.0
Medicare Benefits Scheme – comprehensive management framework -19.6
World Class Cancer Care – additional funding for McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse initiative – continuation and expansion -19.5
National Telepresence System – increased capacity -19.3
World Leading Cancer Care – Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centres – continuation and expansion -18.5
World Leading Cancer Care – Youth Cancer Networks – additional funding -18.2
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – additional funding -17.4
National Medical Stockpile – replenishment -17.0
Refugee Status Determinations for Offshore Entry Persons – Departmental legal resources -16.6
World Leading Cancer Care – National Bowel Cancer Screening Program – additional funding -16.1