29 May 2013

Brendan aghast at coming budget blues

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The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his tiny feet at a Government going about the business of governing:

Just months after assuring the electorate that their jobs were safe and that all the election promises were costed without cuts, Canberra has found out that jobs will go, services will be suspended and $142 million will be cut from the budget to pay for promises Labor said were fully funded, said Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth.

“The election is only months old. The very first budget this new coalition government produces has exposed the hypocrisy and lack of honesty of their entire pitch to the Canberra people.

“We didn’t hear about having to save $142 million during the campaign – it was claimed all the promises were fully funded.

“We didn’t hear that the Light Rail program would cost jobs.

“We didn’t hear that the Greens Labor Agreement would mean cutting services.

A newly elected government getting the pain over early in its term? Shock horror!

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Perhaps Labor should triple rates to make up the shortfall

HiddenDragon12:00 am 30 May 13

Tiny and all as Brendan’s feet may be, I do seem to recall something of a scare campaign from Labor (and presumably the Greens) about Zed’s evil, moustache-twirling plans to emulate Newman (the one in Queensland, not the one on Seinfeld) et.al. and slash and burn throughout the ACT, if given the chance. From that, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was going to be all sweetness and light, Budget-wise, if the Labor-Green rule continued – but I suppose we are in a world of very rubbery figures, and a week, let alone seven months, is a long time in politics and fiscal policy making.

The details, when revealed in all their glory, will doubtless be exciting, and provide much grist for the ever-lively RiotAct mill.

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