Budget a ‘missed opportunity’
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’’.