LUKE Hartsuyker has bucketed the Federal Budget, describing it as ‘a shameless con’ with nothing new for the North Coast.
Then again that is hardly surprising considering Mr Hartsuyker is a member of the National Party and an Opposition frontbencher.
“This is another big taxing, big spending Labor Budget with no serious reform,” he said.
“Despite increasing spending over the next three years by $26 billion there is no new money for the Pacific Highway and no detail about how North Coast health services will stop deteriorating.
“In health, all we know is that the government has committed an extra $500 million towards another layer of bureaucracy in the health system.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the Government had made no tough decisions to rein in ‘reckless and wasteful spending’ and local families would pay the price through higher interest rates and increased living costs.
“(Prime Minister) Kevin Rudd’s great big new tax on the mining industry takes a dagger to the heart of the Australian economy, putting major projects at risk and sending jobs offshore,” he said.
“Mr Rudd and (Treasurer) Mr (Wayne) Swan want to sacrifice Australia’s future economic prosperity to improve the numbers in this Budget’s bottom line.
“In the next financial year the government will have to borrow over $700 million a week to fund its reckless and wasteful spending. In 2010/11 interest on net debt will be $4.6 billion.
“According to the Budget, the 2010/11 budget deficit will be $40.8 billion and debt will peak at $93.7 billion. That is $93.7 billion which Australian taxpayers will have to pay back.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the Budget exposed the costs of the Government’s ‘waste, mismanagement and policy failures’.
“There has been a $1 billion Budget blowout as a result of Kevin Rudd weakening Australia’s borders and $1 billion will be spent to fix Labor’s tragic home insulation mess.
“The Budget confirms that Kevin Rudd’s health policies will be about more bureaucrats and not better services.
“The Labor Budget does not invest a single additional dollar in Australia’s major road networks. In an undisguised election campaign strategy, the government will spend $126 million on print, radio and television advertising.”