Another contribution from Zed Seselja on the budget.
Apparently in his budget reply speech (which has not been published online, but will eventually turn up in hansard) he “released” a “Cost of Living Study” which has also not been published online.
Anyhoo, here’s what he had to say about it:
“The ACT Labor government talks about cost of living, but little in this budget helps alleviate that pressure. Today in my budget reply I provided a comprehensive analysis on the rise of the cost of living pressures on Canberra families under the ACT Labor government.
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“It shows that since Labor has come to power taxation per capita has risen 94 percent. From $1,809 when Labor came to office to an expected $3,505 per person in 2010-11.
Since Labor came to power in 2001;
— property rates and charges grew by over 75 percent;
— rents have grown approximately 68 percent;
— water prices have more than doubled (163 percent);
— electricity has increase by 75 percent; and
— The parking fees for all day places in Civic have increased by 57 percent since July 2001
And the alternative:
We would do things differently. Instead of grand designs, we would focus on basic services, delivered better, at a lower cost. Sounds simple. But after ten years, this government has not delivered on any of it – and quite frankly, it never will,” Zed concluded.
No word on specifically which grand designs will go and what will be done with those already completed or part built.