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Labor caught out lying again

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Media Release

The Hon Joe Hockey MP Shadow Treasurer Coalition Campaign Spokesman

Thursday 29 August 2013

Labor caught out lying again

Labor Costings Spokesman, Andrew Leigh today claimed that he had submitted a Coalition policy to the Parliamentary Budget Office for costing.

Mr Leigh said:

“As the Labor spokesperson on Coalition costings, earlier this year I put into the Parliamentary Budget Office for a costing on one Coalition policy - getting rid of 12,000 Canberra public servants. They came back and told me that would save a considerably smaller amount than the Coalition have now come back with. In fact even a costing of 20,000…” (Interview with David Speers, Sky, Thursday 29 September 2013)

This misinformation has forced the Parliamentary Budget Officer to issue a clarification that:

“ is inappropriate to claim that the PBO has costed the policy of any other parliamentarian or political party.”

The Parliamentary Budget Officer also said:

“Unless all of the policy specifications were identical, the financial implications of the policy could vary markedly.”

In just one day, three senior Government Department heads responsible for upholding the Charter of Budget Honesty have made unprecedented public statements to distance themselves from Labor’s misinformation campaign on the Coalition’s policy costing process.

Labor has been caught out lying again.

The Labor lies must stop.

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