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Budget 2008: Budget lets local families down.

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Dr Sharman Stone

Shadow Minister For the Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs Federal Member For Murray


“The 2008 Federal Budget has let local families down,” Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said.

“It is a typical Labor Budget - it increases taxes, massively increases spending and is city centric.”

Dr Stone said that the Budget will do nothing to meet Labor’s promises to keep grocery prices, petrol prices and home interest rates down.

“Local residents in the Murray Electorate can take no comfort from Labor’s decision to raise taxes on cars, alcohol, energy, computer software, fringe benefits, passenger movements, passports, visa applications and increase the costs of private health insurance,” Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone said that Labor was left a strong economy by the Coalition Government, which had a clear strategy to keep the economy growing.

“In contrast, Labor’s Budget is a political ‘grab-bag’, not an economic strategy. Australians deserve better than that,” Dr Stone said.

“What concerns me greatly is that unemployment will increase as a result of this Budget - with Treasury forecasts showing 134,000 fewer people in jobs.”

“In fact, despite all the rhetoric about ‘education revolutions’ and lifting productivity, the participation rate in the workforce is forecast by Treasury to fall,” Dr Stone said.

“When it comes to the various Investment Funds on infrastructure, education and health, there is an appalling lack of detail with no clear explanation of what criteria will be used for the administration and expenditure of billions of dollars in taxpayers’ money.”

“The bottom line is that Labor haven’t kept their election promises. Labor promised not to touch private health insurance but they’re gutting it. Labor promised to leave the baby bonus alone but they’re slashing it. Labor promised not to increase tax, but taxes have gone up,” Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone said that Labor’s Budget confirmed what Peter Garrett said before the election: “Once we get in, we’ll just change it all”.

“After promising so much before the election, Labor have let local families down.”

If you would like any further information, or to speak to Dr Sharman Stone, please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind Regards,

Inga Norgrove Media Adviser to Dr Sharman Stone Shadow Minister For the Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs Federal Member For Murray Phone-03 5821 5371 Mobile-0417 148 110