Compare the scant 349 words to the Greens’ omnibus response.
And what’s Zed got to say? He’s nicking lines from Tony Abbott about the families. But there are a few points worth considering and one well wrought line:
“According to Budget papers, Katy Gallagher and ACT Labor will collect $400 million more revenue than expected at the last budget in just two years.
“But what does ACT Labor spend it on? Building a $430 million new office block for Jon Stanhope.
“This is a disgrace. Times are good. That is when good governments, responsible governments, should be in a position to give something back to their communities, to take the pressures off cost of living. Instead, ACT Labor have borrowed more than ever, spent more than ever, and sent the bill to ACT families.
“The so called recovery plan gives us a ‘Wayne Swan’ surplus of just over a million dollars in two years time. There are no ‘tough calls’. It’s like a billionaire claiming to be frugal by buying three Rolls Royces instead of four,” Zed said.
“I’m sick of Labor governments using focus group lines like cost of living yet do absolutely nothing to address it. After ten years in power, it’s clear they will never stop spending, they will never stop borrowing and they will never give the money they raise back to the people they take it from,” Mr Smyth said.