Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Opinion: Senator Eggleston on the budget

Alan Eggleston

Alan Eggleston

Senator Alan Eggleston has concerns about the federal budget.

“Western Australia and particularly the North West will fund this contradictory budget through the resources boom while the Gillard Government cuts $1.1 billion in Commonwealth financial assistance to the state,” he said.

You can read his media release here:

Senator Alan Eggleston

Liberal Senator for Western Australia

Chair of Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

Deputy Chair of Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

MEDIA RELEASE

North West to fund farcical Labor Budget

May 11, 2012

The Labor Government’s Budget is a political farce, with their inability to manage the economy and East Coast mentality continuing to hinder Australia’s economic outlook.

Senator Alan Eggleston said while the Labor Government wastes millions of dollars on the NBN instead of spending the same amount on major infrastructure investments and faster broadband, the Coalition has a real plan to build a strong economy, starting with the abolishment of the toxic Carbon Tax, Mining Tax and cutting business red tape.

“A Coalition government would not try to hide from the Australian people that a minor budget surplus of $1.5 billion that Treasurer Wayne Swan claims to be able to achieve will go hand‐in‐hand with raising Australia’s debt ceiling by $50 billion to a record $300 billion,” Senator Eggleston said.

“A budget based on handouts will not help Australians who are struggling to make ends meet in the long term, nor will a budget that is reliant on a potentially downward trending Mining Tax.

“Western Australia and particularly the North West will fund this contradictory budget through the resources boom while the Gillard Government cuts $1.1 billion in Commonwealth financial assistance to the state.

“Defence cuts of $5.5 billion over four years could also be another hit to the North West, with the release of the Force Posture Review last week announcing the proposed establishment of a naval base in Broome to protect our resource projects, potentially disappearing into thin air.

“A government that can not be trusted to keep their promises should not be trusted to deliver a viable economy, when in the 2011‐12 Budget alone deficit soared to $44 billion – a blow out of more than $20 billion.

“A Coalition government would immediately act to pull Australia out of this taxation gutter while implementing national infrastructure priorities, border protection legislation and easing the pressures on families that the Labor Government has created.”

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