BAILLIEU’S FIRST BUDGET FAILS TO DELIVER FOR VICTORIANS

BAILLIEU’S FIRST BUDGET FAILS TO DELIVER FOR VICTORIANS

Posted on 04. May, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government’s first State Budget has failed to provide a plan for how they will grow the economy, create jobs or ensure Victorian households have access to the services and infrastructure they will need for the future, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.

“The Baillieu Government inherited a state which has been a powerhouse of job creation and economic growth,” Mr Andrews said.

“What this Budget shows is the Government has no vision to grow our state to ensure Victorian households have what they need most – a job.

“Mr Baillieu has a responsibility to continue to ensure Victoria leads the nation when it comes to economic growth and job creation. This Budget will do neither.

“There is no plan to create jobs, there is no plan to attract investment to Victoria and there is no plan to ensure the state remains a competitive place to do business.”

“The Government wants us to believe this budget will assist families but the Treasurer did not mention jobs or employment once in his speech.

“Instead the Government’s version of a vision is another review that will involve asking the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission to look at what would make up a reform agenda.

“After 11 years in Opposition it is unbelievable that this Government has turned to a Labor created and Labor appointed Commission to write its reform agenda.”

Mr Andrews said the Budget failed to deliver a plan to improve the services that Victorian households rely on, and there was a large list of broken promises.

“The State Budget was a real chance for Mr Baillieu to explain to Victorians his vision and detailed plan on how he will invest in our hospitals, schools, transport and other important services but instead he has used it as an excuse for why he can’t deliver,” Mr Andrews said.

“This Budget reinforces the fact that Mr Baillieu has no plan and no vision for delivering what Victorian households need.

“Our state is growing and it’s important the Liberal-National Government make sure all Victorians, no matter where they live, have access to good schools, hospitals, roads and transport.

“This State Budget was a chance for them to make the investments that are needed but unfortunately they have failed to do that.”

Shadow Treasurer Tim Holding said the Baillieu Government’s first budget was an embarrassment.

“This Budget flunks the Government’s own tests – the recommendations of the Vertigan report, which are incorporated on page five of Budget Paper number two.

“Net debt is set to rise faster than under Labor, and the Budget surplus will be lower than under Labor.

“In Opposition, the Coalition produced last minute, uncosted promises that were unworkable and in Government they have produced a budget that fails to deliver,” Mr Holding said.

“The Government inherited a AAA-rated budget, with a strong operating surplus over each of the next four years.

“The State Budget was a chance for Mr Baillieu to make up for the inaction of the past five months and explain his vision for our state.
“Instead, he’s been blinded by the smokescreen he created to excuse his broken promises.”

Summary:

Law and Order

PSO’s

Mr Baillieu’s promise to put PSO’s on every train station was costed at $161 million.

  • The State Budget has seen this promise blowout to $212.4m – a $51.05m black hole.
  • Mr Baillieu has failed to deliver the $20m promised to improve station facilities for PSOs.

IBAC

Mr Baillieu promise to set up IBAC was costed at $80m.

  • The State Budget has seen this promise blowout to $89m

Upgrading Police Stations

Mr Baillieu promised $40m to upgrade police stations across Victoria.

  • The State Budget has allocated only $33.5m to this promise.

Health

Hospital Funding

Mr Baillieu promised $40m for the Box Hill Hospital.

  • The State Budget allocates $19.5m to this project over the next four years.

Mr Baillieu promised $250m for a new Monash Children’s Centre.

  • The State Budget allocates just $8.5m this year and only $60m over 4 years to this project.

Mr Baillieu promised $165m for a new Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

  • The State Budget provides no funding for this project.

Mr Baillieu promised an additional $102m to upgrade the Bendigo Hospital.

  • The State Budget has allocated only $20.5m over the next four years.

Mr Baillieu promised $80m to expand Geelong Hospital.

  • The State Budget has allocated only $8.3m.

Mr Baillieu promised $85m for a second hospital in Geelong.

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Mr Baillieu promised $2m to upgrade Seymour Hospital.

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Mr Baillieu promised $20m for the Kilmore Hospital.

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Mr Baillieu promised $10m for Castlemaine Hospital.

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Health Services

Mr Baillieu promised to fund $2m for a helipad in Ballarat.

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Mr Baillieu promised $5m for radiotherapy in South-West Coast

  • The State Budget allocates no funding for this project.

Education

School Start Bonus

Mr Baillieu will now force Victorian families to be means-tested to access the School Start Bonus.

  • The number of students currently eligible is 135,000.
  • Baillieu is slashing this number to just 39,000.

Schools Funding

36 schools promised funding by Mr Baillieu will not receive funding in this year’s State Budget.

Several schools which Mr Baillieu promised funding for projects will now only receive money for planning.

Education Department Investment

Mr Baillieu has cut the Education Department’s capital investment in schools by 46%.

  • The State Budget provides only $208 million for schools capital, compared with $388 million last year.

LOTE undergraduate scholarships

Mr Baillieu promised $3 million for undergraduate scholarships for language education teachers.

  • The State Budget contains no funding for this promise.

Public Sector Wages

Mr Baillieu made pre-election pay promises to teachers, nurses, police and community service workers

  • The State Budget provides no funding for any of these promises.

Public Transport

Metropolitan Level Crossings

Mr Baillieu promised to spend $379m to abolish 8 level crossings.

  • The State Budget  only allocated $16.5m.

Regional Level Crossings

Mr Baillieu promised to abolish country level crossings.

  • The State Budget has allocated $47.5m to upgrade up to 75 regional level crossings. This funding will do no more than paint the lines.

Regional Rail Carriages

Mr Baillieu has not promised or delivered any new rolling stocks to cater to record patronage growth on regional rail services.

Regional Growth Fund

Mr Baillieu promised $500m to a dedicated Regional Growth Fund.

  • The State Budget contains only $287m of new money for this fund, with the remaining $213m stripped from funding previously committed by Labor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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