Thousands travel to voice Federal Budget anger

Ballarat Trades Hall secretary Paul Clempson said Ballarat workers need to show leaders they are still angry about the Federal Budget

Ballarat Trades Hall secretary Paul Clempson said Ballarat workers need to show leaders they are still angry about the Federal Budget

Almost a month has not dissipated the anger Ballarat residents feel at the federal Budget according to union officials.

Ballarat workers will  join a protest against the federal budget on Thursday, heading down to Melbourne for the union-organised protest on trains and in buses and cars.

Ballarat Trades Hall secretary Paul Clempson said people were fired up about this budget because it targeted society's most vulnerable.

"Every level of society is affected by this budget, but it places an unfair burden on people struggling."

Mr Clempson said people would be going down to Melbourne on the 7.30am and 8.30 am Thursday trains to attend the 10.30am protest at Trades Hall in Victoria Street, where up to 20,000 people are expected to rally.  

He made clear it was important all people - not just union members - made their voices heard.

“This is an attack on standard of living and lifestyle because of ideological beliefs. They have created this budget crisis in the media. They have given $8 billion to the Reserve Bank, then they say there is a crisis. The crisis is this government’s policy focus, that the only policy is no deficit at any cost." 

 Victorian secretary for the National Union of Workers Tim Kennedy it was important the voice of regional Victorians was heard in protests, because they would be hit hard by the federal budget.

“A young person in Ballarat, once out of education and looking for work, will be without government support for six months under this budget. This protest is getting a message to parliamentarians before they vote on this nasty budget.”

In a statement, Victorian Senator Michael Ronaldson said the Budget is providing for Ballarat. 

“The 2014-15 Budget delivers $273.62m for local infrastructure projects across the Ballarat region which will bring job opportunities, boost our local economy, and make roads safer for motorists.” 

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