In a little over two weeks, the Treasurer will hand down the Budget.
It’s the first Budget for this government and it is part of our Economic Action Strategy.
It will be a Budget of long-term structural reform and it will be a Budget that keeps our commitments.
The Government will make a range of decisions which are important for Australia's long-term economic strength, because the most fundamental commitment that we gave at the election was to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.
In this Budget, we will strengthen the economy so that families have more jobs, lower electricity bills and over time more opportunities to get ahead.
The abolition of the carbon tax will save the typical family $550 a year.
The Budget will also deal with Labor’s legacy of debt and deficits.
Under the previous government, Australia ran up the five largest deficits in our history. They also left a projected $123 billion in future deficits and $667 billion in debt.
Already the interest bill on Labor’s debt is more than $10 billion each and every year. That’s dead money. Wasted money. It’s money that could be better used on services and helping families and pensioners get ahead.
The Government understands that you can’t fix the economy without fixing the Budget. Equally, we understand that when you strengthen the economy, you strengthen the Budget.
This Budget will regain control of our nation’s finances – so that all Australians can plan their future with confidence.
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- 711 – Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula(Al-Andalus).
- 1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans.
- 1521 – Swedish War of Liberation: Swedish troops under Gustav Vasa defeat a Danish force under Didrik Slagheck in the Battle of Västerås and soon capture the city of Västerås. The Danish-held castle, however, does not surrender to the Swedes until 31 January the following year, after a nine-month siege.
- 1770 – James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia.
- 1832 – Évariste Galois is released from prison.
- 1882 – The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the trolleybus – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin.
- 1903 – A 30 million cubic-metre landslide kills 70 in Frank, North-West Territories, Canada.
- 1910 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.
- 1916 – Easter Rising: Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin.
- 1944 – World War II: British agent Nancy Wake, a leading figure in the French Resistance and the Gestapo's most wanted person, parachutes back into France to become a liaison between London and the local maquis group.
- 1945 – World War II: The German army in Italy unconditionally surrenders to the Allies.
- 1945 – World War II – Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun commit suicide the following day.
- 1945 – The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.
- 1946 – The International Military Tribunal for the Far East convenes and indicts former Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tojo and 28 former Japanese leaders for war crimes.
- 1946 – Father Divine, a controversial religious leader who claims to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in theInternational Peace Mission movement.
- 1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
- 1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing religious reasons), Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.
- 1968 – The controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opens at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with its song becoming anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement.
- 1975 – Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end.
- 1986 – The Chernobyl Disaster: American and European Spy Satellites capture the ruins of the 4th Reactor at the Chernobyl Power Plant
- 1992 – Los Angeles riots: Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.
- 1997 – The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons by its signatories.
- 1999 – The Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
- 2004 – Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testify before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.
- 2004 – Oldsmobile builds its final car ending 107 years of production.
- 2005 – Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
- 2011 – The Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton.
- 1636 – Esaias Reusner, German lute player and composer (d. 1679)
- 1667 – John Arbuthnot, Scottish-English physician and polymath (d. 1735)
- 1810 – Thomas Adolphus Trollope, English author and journalist (d. 1892)
- 1854 – Henri Poincaré, French mathematician, physicist, and engineer (d. 1912)
- 1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (d. 1951)
- 1868 – Alice Keppel, English mistress of King Edward VII (d. 1947)
- 1879 – Thomas Beecham, English conductor (d. 1961)
- 1899 – Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1974)
- 1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (d. 1989)
- 1907 – Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (d. 1983)
- 1928 – Heinz Wolff, German-British scientist and broadcaster
- 1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet
- 1936 – Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
- 1938 – Bernard Madoff, American businessman and financier
- 1938 – Klaus Voormann, German bass player and producer (Manfred Mann and Plastic Ono Band)
- 1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer
- 1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, English-Irish actor
- 1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress and singer
- 1970 – Andre Agassi, American tennis player
- 1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress
- 1975 – Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1984 – Pham Van Quyen, Vietnamese footballer
- 1998 – Kimberly Birrell, Australian tennis player
- 643 – Hou Junji, Chinese chancellor during the Tang Dynasty
- 926 – Burchard II, Duke of Swabia (b. 883)
- 1380 – Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)
- 1594 – Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and theologian (b. 1517)
- 1980 – Alfred Hitchcock, English-American director and producer (b. 1899)