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2010 ACT Budget reactions

By 5 May 2010 6

Yesterday’s ACT Budget appears to be a pretty reasonable thing, with some good ideas in it. Of course nothing can please all the rent seekers.

But here’s the reactions we can find so far:

One media release is all the Liberals can manage in reply. The first part appears to have been written by the Property Council, outraged that the beneficiaries of changing lease uses from single houses to vast apartment complexes should have to pay for it.

There’s also some outrage on behalf of motorists over the parking, although the park and ride system would still allow for dropping kids at child care, and actually cut costs for the sainted working families.

A good find however is the $3 million budgeted for the opening ceremony of the arboretum! Holy Hell!

Moving on the ABC brings word that the Transport Workers Union isn’t willing to promise any improvements in ambulance services despite increased funding.

The Greens couldn’t be bothered putting out a media release, but they’re always up for a chat with the ABC, from which we learn the Greens would have preferred more wild spending on their pet projects.

In that article the Liberal Leader Zed Seselja also moans about deficits despite his solitary media release complaining about increased revenues.

The CPSU is also unhappy that the skies aren’t raining gold down upon their members in the ACT Public Service.

Roslyn Dundas from the ACT Council of Social Service wanted more new funding for the community sector, but considering how close they were looking to being gutted 6 months ago a lack of savage cuts is a blessing.

Alan Evans from the NRMA is also grumbling that there isn’t any something for nothing for road users.

ACT Policing has expressed its enthusiasm for dedicated RAPID teams yoinking the unregistered cars off the road, and for more resources to crack down on late night drunks.

The Gungahlin Community Council is also quite keen.

UPDATE: The Liberals have managed a second media release re-affirming their willingess to die in a ditch for the Property Council over change of use charges.

The Greens have also bestirred themselves a day late.

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6 Responses to 2010 ACT Budget reactions
#1
amarooresident312:22 pm, 05 May 10

outrageoutrageouragerhubarbrhubarbrhubarb

I will take seriously the rentseekers from all sides (including the opposition) when they also outline which part of the budget they will cut to pay for their particular pet projects.

#2
A Noisy Noise Annoys4:45 pm, 05 May 10

Roslyn Dundas was being interviewed by Mark Parton on 2CC this morning, and when she complained about not getting enough money Parto mentioned the $26million for the Arboretum & the $3million for the opening ceremony. Dundas said “You know I’m not going to go there”. Some leopards never change their spots…

#3
Gungahlin Al5:04 pm, 05 May 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Roslyn Dundas … Some leopards never change their spots…

What is that meant to imply?

#4
p15:12 pm, 05 May 10

A good find however is the $3 million budgeted for the opening ceremony of the arboretum! Holy Hell!
Wow! I’ll be very disappointed if there isn’t a jumping castle and free sausage in bread for every Canberristani.

#5
A Noisy Noise Annoys10:31 am, 06 May 10

Gungahlin Al said :

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Roslyn Dundas … Some leopards never change their spots…

What is that meant to imply?

When Dundas was a member of the Legislative Assembly she was constantly championing the cause of trees and furry animals. Now she is a member of an organisation supposedly concerned with people on welfare doing it tough she had a golden opportunity to stick up for them and criticise millions going into the Arboretum. She refused to. Makes you question her level of committment to people and shows that her sympathies still lie with the trees which receive priority. As I said, a leopard never changes its spots.

#6
Jim Jones11:29 am, 06 May 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Gungahlin Al said :

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Roslyn Dundas … Some leopards never change their spots…

What is that meant to imply?

When Dundas was a member of the Legislative Assembly she was constantly championing the cause of trees and furry animals. Now she is a member of an organisation supposedly concerned with people on welfare doing it tough she had a golden opportunity to stick up for them and criticise millions going into the Arboretum. She refused to. Makes you question her level of committment to people and shows that her sympathies still lie with the trees which receive priority. As I said, a leopard never changes its spots.

How is an arboretum incompatible with welfare support?

There’s a lot of ideological prejudice on display here, but not a lot of logic.

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