Shorten talks the budget on Tasmanian trip

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten this morning visited Bridgewater in the state's south to discuss federal government changes to child care rebates and school funding.

Appearing at a day care centre, Mr Shorten described the changes as ''anti-Tasmanian'' and said the average family would be $6000 worse off over three years under federal budget changes.

''The government should take its hands off the 1400 families in the electorate of Lyons who risk losing much of their benefit because of this unfair budget,'' Mr Shorten said.

Bass MHR Andrew Nikolic said Mr Shorten was in Tasmania ''peddling more lies''. 

''Contrary to Mr Shorten’s lies, education spending in Tasmania is increasing under the Abbott Government by 46.4 per cent over the next four years,'' Mr Nikolic said.

Mr Shorten was due to meet mine workers in Queenstown to discuss the closure of the Mt Lyell copper mine and Henty Gold Mines but has cancelled the visit due to bad weather.

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