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Tens of thousands of Australians protest against budget cuts

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Tens of thousands of Australians are out on the streets nationwide to condemn the government’s envisaged budget cuts in the education sector.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Australians hit the streets in several cities to show their anger at the government’s economic and social policies.

The protest rallies were held in Sydney, Adeline, Brisbane and Melbourne.

They slammed the government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott for its recent cost-cutting measures.

The ralliers say the cuts will only affect the middle-class people and widen the gap between the poor and the rich.

The protesters denounced the recent government plans to slash healthcare and education budgets which are expected to have an impact on a large portion of the country’s population.

They are also angry at a government decision to slash the budget for the education sector by 80 billion dollars within the next ten years.

The developments also come after Australia’s Commission of Audit submitted a set of proposals, detailing deep cuts to government payments and services.

The plan recommends that the coalition government slash family payments, and cut spending on core public programs such as healthcare and education by requiring patients and students to pay more.

Last February, hundreds of Australians took part in another Sydney protest against a potential move by the Liberal-National government to introduce an upfront “co-payment” for a visit to a doctor.

General practitioner consultations are currently covered by the Medicare public health scheme, and any shift toward a “user pays” model will pave the way to the outright abolition of the country’s so-called Medicare program, which covers those that can least afford costly medical expenses.


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