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Budget reactions 2013

By johnboy - 14 May 2013 39

First cab off the rank for budget reactions is Jeremy Hanson from the Liberals:

Attacks on public service job cuts, superannuation, reductions on family tax payments, scrapping the baby bonus, introducing paid parking in the parliamentary zone, ongoing efficiency dividends, potential wage squeezes, reductions in office space, and university cuts are all going to affect the lives of Canberrans and damage our economy, according to ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.

“Canberrans will pay the price for Labor’s economic vandalism and would be within their rights to ask their local Labor representatives why they should trust Labor given the repeated assertions about budget surpluses and security of public service jobs under Labor – promises that are now all in tatters.

“Just next year, 1,262 public service jobs are going, with more hurt to come. This is on the back of efficiency dividends that have been cutting deep into the public service and almost 3,000 jobs that were lost in the six months leading up to December last year. The full extent of job cuts still remains unclear.

“Our city prospers when the national economy is strong and in surplus, and people trust their government. Despite the spin from Wayne Swan and local Labor politicians including Gai Brodtman, Kate Lundy, and Andrew Leigh, the grim reality is that Labor has not delivered a surplus for 23 years. Canberrans have been lied to by Labor politicians who should now apologise for their misleading statements.

“This is a bad budget for Canberra. Labor’s $19b budget deficit and public service job cuts, expose the full effect of their mismanagement of our economy and expose all the broken promises,” concluded Mr Hanson.

Local labor’s silence to date is eloquent.


Labor MP Andrew Leigh has blogged his chat with Mark Parton.


Kate Lundy says this budget will make Canberra stronger, smarter and fairer.

As would any adversity one supposes.

What’s Your opinion?


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Budget reactions 2013
EvanJames 10:46 am 15 May 13

chewy14 said :

I think the announced cuts are a good thing as long as they’re done sensibly and from the right areas. The feds (whoever’s in charge) need to rein in spending and increase revenue. I personally would have preferred if they’d gone harder at middle class welfare and started cutting more of the myriad tax breaks available.

But its laughable for a Liberal party politician to talk about how bad these cuts are whilst his own party are planning much larger and broad ranging cuts. Hypocrisy in the extreme.

Yep, and yep. The un-needed handouts should have been dismantled, you can already see the effect they have on peoples’ attitudes, that they’re entitled to money from the government. It’s horrendously expensive, and in the greater scheme of things, useless. Howard really started it. Surprisingly, Hockey’s making noises that suggest that the Liberals mean to get rid of it, which I find hard to believe. Then again, they’re going to bring in a millionaire’s mat leave scheme.

And the hide of them to criticise APS cuts, ye gods. Maybe they’re jealous, maybe they can’t wait for their go, maybe they’re resenting that the cuts made by Labor are depriving them of some fun when they get in.

Mysteryman 10:27 am 15 May 13

Gungahlin Al said :

Any criticism from any Liberal of government public service cuts deserves nothing but utter disdain.

This is the best Hanson has got??

The government repeatedly denounced the opposition for being forthright about plans to cut funding to the public service, while at the same time touting their own loyalty to public service jobs/funding. Now they are significantly cutting funding. They deserve all the criticism they receive for misleading everyone. Especially from an opposition who were upfront about similar plans and criticised for them.

FioBla 10:18 am 15 May 13

Budget?

You mean boojay.

chewy14 9:48 am 15 May 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

chewy14 said :

As opposed to what the Liberals have planned? I don’t know how he can say that with a straight face.

I’ve understood the whole “yeah my lot suck but the others might be just as bad so I’ll never change” thing.

What?

I think the announced cuts are a good thing as long as they’re done sensibly and from the right areas. The feds (whoever’s in charge) need to rein in spending and increase revenue. I personally would have preferred if they’d gone harder at middle class welfare and started cutting more of the myriad tax breaks available.

But its laughable for a Liberal party politician to talk about how bad these cuts are whilst his own party are planning much larger and broad ranging cuts. Hypocrisy in the extreme.

Duffbowl 9:31 am 15 May 13

Gai Brodtmann has apparently announced she wants an inquiry on pay parking in the Triangle.

Is it somewhat cynical to suggest that she should have tried sorting this *before* the Budget was released? Is it more cynical to suggest that she doesn’t expect to get anywhere on this, but can now put her hand on her heart and say that she tried?

PBO 9:11 am 15 May 13

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Zone make me mad, PBO not like mad, mad make PBO angry. When PBO get angry PBO get smashed!!!!

(Although it in the long run getting smashed really wouldnt help the issue and the anger would just return in the end. Things like this are what causes high levels of stress amongst Govt workers and breeds the likes of Colin Dunstans, David Eastmans and Godwin Grech’s)

thebrownstreak69 9:02 am 15 May 13

chewy14 said :

As opposed to what the Liberals have planned? I don’t know how he can say that with a straight face.

I’ve understood the whole “yeah my lot suck but the others might be just as bad so I’ll never change” thing.

Gungahlin Al 9:02 am 15 May 13

Any criticism from any Liberal of government public service cuts deserves nothing but utter disdain.

This is the best Hanson has got??

dungfungus 8:36 am 15 May 13

damien haas said :

c_c™ said :

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Zone, it just makes sense.

I met with Simon Corbell last year (as Chair of ACT Light Rail) and asked if there were plans in place to cope with the increased public transport demand when paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle came in. I guess we will find out.

Providing new ACTION buses, to cope with the expected increase in patronage that paid parking creates, requires a minimum 12-18 month period from specification and ordering to delivery.

This decision is one that any person across transport policy could see coming.

In the event of anyone tendering for the proposed City to Gungahlin light rail link, an option to include an “around the lake” service should be mandatory to service both tourists and workers.
The recently released City to The Lake vision depicts trams (catenary free at that) in the vicinity of the lake and the tourist industry in Canberra is being killed off because there is simply no where to park. The tourists affected will never return to Canberra and they bitch about it to all their friends who will never come to Canberra either. There is ample room around the lake to create a park and ride facility exclusively for tourists.
Meanwhile, Canberra’s public servants who may have to start paying for parking in the triangle will start to bitch.

chewy14 7:37 am 15 May 13

As opposed to what the Liberals have planned? I don’t know how he can say that with a straight face.

milkman 6:27 am 15 May 13

c_c™ said :

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Zone, it just makes sense.

NCA seems to have no parking strategy whatsoever. They got rid of the White lawns parking, replaced with a system that doesn’t work and messes up tourists and built that horrid lake-side carpark a while back. All along they should have had pay parking, and invested in a decent underground parking station somewhere rather than the lake-side one.

I don’t think people would mind paying for parking if there was a decent structure and/or availability. Without it, it’s just another tax on a lot of people who go there for work or tourism.

damien haas 2:43 am 15 May 13

c_c™ said :

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Zone, it just makes sense.

I met with Simon Corbell last year (as Chair of ACT Light Rail) and asked if there were plans in place to cope with the increased public transport demand when paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle came in. I guess we will find out.

Providing new ACTION buses, to cope with the expected increase in patronage that paid parking creates, requires a minimum 12-18 month period from specification and ordering to delivery.

This decision is one that any person across transport policy could see coming.

pepmeup 12:32 am 15 May 13

So when the federal liberal party agree with 95% of this stuff Hanson will let them have it to. Or will past captain Zed swoop in and save the day.

c_c™ 11:59 pm 14 May 13

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Zone, it just makes sense.

NCA seems to have no parking strategy whatsoever. They got rid of the White lawns parking, replaced with a system that doesn’t work and messes up tourists and built that horrid lake-side carpark a while back. All along they should have had pay parking, and invested in a decent underground parking station somewhere rather than the lake-side one.

HiddenDragon 10:48 pm 14 May 13

Local Labor may (one hopes) already be turning their thoughts to how they will deal with the consequences of a post-election mini-Budget.

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