BAILLIEU WIMPS OUT OF TOP 20 BUDGET QUESTIONS – HE’S JUST NOT UP TO THE JOB

BAILLIEU WIMPS OUT OF TOP 20 BUDGET QUESTIONS – HE’S JUST NOT UP TO THE JOB

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, News

Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu has demonstrated yet again that he is just not up to the job of being Premier, by ducking out of the crucial presentation to the Victorian people of the costings of his election promises.

The Treasurer, John Lenders, said Mr Baillieu was clearly not up to the job and had left it to his shadow ministers to defend his unaffordable election promises, his inadequate costings process and the budget black hole.

“Mr Baillieu showed he was not up to the job by failing to submit his election promises for costing by the independent Victorian Treasury,” Mr Lenders said.

“Mr Baillieu showed he was not up to the job by failing to exercise the discipline to promise what he could afford.

“Mr Baillieu is now showing he is not up to the job by failing to front the presentation of the costing of his election promises.

“Mr Baillieu fails to understand that the Victorian Budget is not like the Liberal Party campaign fund – he can’t top up any black holes with his own money.

“Just like Tony Abbott he is not turning up to face the music about how he’ll finance his election promises and just like Tony Abbott he has refused to submit his promises to the treasury for costing.”

Mr Lenders said Mr Baillieu’s failure to meet last night’s deadline to submit his policies for costing by the independent Victorian Treasury, meant Victorians would never know the true cost of his promises until after election day.

“Mr Baillieu is playing the same game Tony Abbott did to hide the true cost of his election promises,” Mr Lenders said.

Just yesterday, Mr Baillieu’s failure to properly fund his suspended sentences policy showed that Mr Baillieu’s election promises are not worth the paper they are written on.

Mr Lenders said the top-20 questions that Mr Baillieu was ducking and now needed to be answered by his shadow treasury and finance spokesmen were:

  1. Have you remembered to include funding to match funding for announcements made by the Brumby Labor Government such as the Monash Children’s Hospital and the Frankston Hospital?
  2. Where are the billions coming from for your commitment to shut the Gunnamatta outflow?
  3. Will you fund the existing 256 primary school welfare officers that were excluded from your media release?
  4. How will you cut funding for consultancies when you have announced 31 feasibility studies?
  5. How will you cut advertising when you have promised 25 advertising campaigns?
  6. How much will it cost to create a new parliamentary budget office?
  7. Are you using nominal or real dollars for your capital commitments?
  8. How can you return 100 per cent of the $56 million you expect from unclaimed dividends to the racing industry when you’ve only allocated $40 million?
  9. Why will you trust the Independent Victorian Treasury to account for your major projects but not your election promises?

10.  Have you included all the billions of dollars of election commitments made by your local MPs?

11.  Of the five rail lines you have promised is it true that you have only provided construction funds for the Avalon rail line? 

12.  Have you amended your funding for $13 million Southland Station project to reflect the published independent Treasury cost estimate of $45 million?

13.  Have you amended your funding for your $2 million Ballarat Helipad to reflect the published independent Treasury cost estimate of $10 million?

14.  Have you allowed for wage indexation and construction cost indexation in your projects?

15.  Does your total funding provide for all of the promises you have listed as policies on your website?

16.  How much does it cost to fund your policy of deferring GAIC collection?

17.  Have you amended your funding of community service workers to avoid slashing wages by over 20 per cent?

18.  Will Victoria be more reliant on Canberra for funding under your government due to the number of projects that you hope will be funded by the Commonwealth?

19.  How much will it cost to deliver on your promise to make Victoria’s teachers the highest paid in the country? How much funding have you provided for this?

20.  Is Kim Wells really up to running Victoria’s $45 billion budget and $300 billion economy?

“The Brumby Labor Government has submitted all of our policies to the independent Victorian Treasury and we will help to make Victoria an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Lenders said.

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