Budget 'pill' too bitter to swallow

The South Coast Labour Council is calling a public meeting about the "bitter pill" that is the federal budget.

South Coast Labour Council secretary Arthur Rorris said Wednesday night's meeting at the Wollongong Town Hall was a chance for the public to voice their opinions on the budget.

"The reality is that the government have realised this pill is too bitter to swallow for the Australian people," Mr Rorris said.

"Many or most of their controversial measures have not been implemented and this session of parliament that begins this week will be decisive in terms of the future of our health and education systems and public policy in this country.

"This is a very critical period and now is a very good time for our community to stand up and voice our views and our concerns and our wishes for the future of this country."

Mr Rorris said there was widespread dissent and concern about the budget and the town hall was chosen because "the issue is important enough to demand a civic-wide response".

He said the campaign against the budget was ramping up and could have big repercussions for the government, citing the effects of Work Rights campaign.

"What we will see from here is a growing campaign," he said.

The meeting starts at 6pm at the Wollongong Town Hall.

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