See, there will be a bit of talk today about It’s Time.
Let me tell you what it’s time for.
Let me tell you what it is really time for today. It is time to create 1.25 million new jobs.
That’s what our economic plan outlines.
Time to see 250,000 more small and family businesses created in this country.
Creating prosperity and opportunities for people right across our country.
It’s time to see 250,000 young people go and get a job over the next five years and get that job because of the economy they are living in and the choices they will have and the support of government whether it is support for 80,000 new apprentices to get that training.
Or to ensure that the businesses they will go and work for will be there and they will thriving.
Not just in our big cities, but right across the country, whether it’s out there in Wangaratta, where I was yesterday, or up in Gladstone, or over in Perth or Kununurra, or down in the suburbs of Adelaide or, indeed, with J Rod, just out of Launceston.
Quite a character. I hope you get the chance to meet him. I enjoyed meeting him. He’s a great guy.
So, creating 1.25 million jobs is what it’s time for.
That is what our economic plan has been delivering, and what it will continue to deliver. 1.3 million jobs already created. I won’t go through all the statistics today, because you’ve heard them – the 100,000 jobs for young people that were created in just one year.
That’s what it’s time for.
It’s time for a stronger economy to continue.
It’s also time to maintain and achieve the budget surpluses and may down debt from a government who knows how to do that job.
The budget comes back to surplus for the first time next year for the first time in 12 years. Not by accident, by chance, but by a government that knows how the keep expenditure under control – and its taxes – to support a stronger economy and to ensure that Australians are taken off welfare and put into work.
That’s what’s balances the budget. Not higher taxes. What’s balancing the budget is the hard work of Australians, each and every day, being supported and enabled and facilitated by a government that understands that it’s a stronger economy that makes Australia stronger.
Not government taking all of your money and pretending to have all the answers.