Bud­get a ‘missed op­por­tu­nity’

Shepparton News - - NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS -

SYD­NEY: The NSW bud­get has been de­scribed as a hoax, luke­warm and a missed op­por­tu­nity by stake­hold­ers who have started to study the de­tails.

Trea­surer Do­minic Per­rot­tet’s de­but bud­get has con­firmed a mas­sive $4.5 bil­lion sur­plus this fi­nan­cial year, with huge dol­lars al­lo­cated to health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

How­ever La­bor leader Luke Fo­ley claims it ex­em­pli­fies the Lib­eral and Na­tional par­ties’ mud­dled pri­or­i­ties.

Mr Fo­ley said the gov­ern­ment had failed to pro­vide re­lief from soar­ing power prices, un­af­ford­able road tolls and flat wage growth.

The gov­ern­ment will spend big on up­graded hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing $720 mil­lion for the Prince of Wales Hos­pi­tal in Rand­wick.

One of the sweet­en­ers for par­ents — a $100 re­bate for school-aged chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in sport — was also slammed be­cause it was not means tested.

The Greens wel­comed health and ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing, al­beit de­scrib­ing it as a ‘‘catch-up on a back­log’’.

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