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Transcript of doorstop, Tuesday, 11 May 1999, 8.30 am [Budget]



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Press Release

Treasurer

 

TRANSCRIPT

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HON. PETER COSTELLO MP

Treasurer

 

Doorstop

 

Tuesday, 11 May 1999

 

8.30 am

 

E&OE

SUBJECTS:  Budget

 

JOURNALIST:

 

It’s been touted as an election Budget, lots of goodies for punters today?

 

TREASURER:

 

Well we haven’t got an election coming up, so it’s not a Budget for an election. It’s a Budget which delivers on the assurances and commitments that we gave to the Australian people last October. This is a Government that’s always made sure that when it gives commitments to the public it honours them and this Budget will be part of that.

 

JOURNALIST:

 

So is it a thank you Budget?

 

TREASURER:

 

Well, it’s part of keeping trust with the Australian people. We made a number of commitments to them, we intend to deliver. One of the commitments we made was to get a new tax system and we intend to deliver on that too. And we should be allowed to deliver. After all, that’s why you have elections in this country so that people can decide, and having decided they’re entitled to have their trust repaid and that’s what we’ll be doing.

 

JOURNALIST:

 

Will you be delivering on any commitments to Brian Harradine? For example, on the common youth allowance?

 

TREASURER:

 

Well this is a Budget for Australia, for the country. And this is a Budget which is designed to keep us on track for all Australians and to secure our economic future. When we sit down and we do a Budget we look to the national interest. Where we want Australia to be. How we want to strengthen Australia against a very uncertain world climate. And how we want to deliver more jobs for young people. That’s what we’re about.

 

JOURNALIST:

 

What about the surplus, is it going to be, which forecast is right?

 

TREASURER:

 

Mine.

 

 

 

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