Canberrans will be forced to pay for $4.5 billion in debt and nearly a billion dollars in interest all so Shane Rattenbury can build light rail and Simon Corbell can build solar farms, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Tuesday’s budget was a continuation of the failures dished out over the past 13 long years. The extensive debt and deficit that Andrew Barr uses as throwaway lines are signs the government cannot show restraint in funding its pet projects that Canberrans do not want and cannot afford,” Mr Hanson said.
“Debt will rise to $4.5 billion while interest will reach nearly a $1 billion over the forward estimates. Rates will rise by 10 percent annually costing households hundreds of dollars more each year. But Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell don’t care as long as they can reach a 90 percent renewable energy target and build a multi- billion dollar tram network.
“ACT Labor is causing Canberra to lose its way but the Canberra Liberals will bring the opportunity back. I want Canberra to be the best place for everyone to raise a family, make a living and get ahead. I want to build economic prosperity, make home ownership attainable and make our health system the best in Australia.
“Canberra is the best city in Australia and Canberrans deserve better. The Canberra Liberals will fight every day for what Canberrans want and not what ACT Labor thinks they need,” Mr Hanson concluded.