For a populist/ conservative politician looking to seek appeal amongst the broader electorate, this approach from One Nation is spot on.
Radical economic liberals aside, who could dispute this reasoning used by One Nation?
“Welfare cuts bill killed off by One Nation”, Sky News, 21 March, 2017:
Pauline Hanson has killed off the federal government’s hopes of the Senate passing controversial changes to welfare payments tied to childcare reforms.
The Turnbull government has bundled together 16 welfare cuts, including a reduction to family tax benefits, in an omnibus bill, designed to save billions of dollars that would be redirected into childcare subsidies and disability funding.
The votes of Senator Hanson and her three One Nation colleagues in the Senate were critical to the passage of the legislation.
But the One Nation leader said the cuts were too hard, too broad and too deep for Australian families.
‘The coalition needs to realise that before those with the least are asked to tighten their belts, those multinationals with the most need to start paying their way,’ she said in a statement.
Earlier on Tuesday, welfare groups painted a bleak picture of the fallout if Australians are forced to absorb $5.6 billion in social security cuts.
‘To take even more away from those who are struggling already to live below the poverty line is like feeling like you’re lying in the gutter and you’ve just been kicked in the guts,’ St Vincent de Paul Society chief John Falzon told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter said negotiations with crossbenchers had reached a sensitive point with senators pulling in different directions.
‘I’m confident we will find that path through but it is a little bit of a threading the eye of the needle exercise and rather delicate,’ he told Sky News.
‘We don’t put things up expecting not to succeed. But equally, we accept that we will not be able to succeed on every single savings measure.’