NSW Not Fooled by Treasurer Perrottet’s Pretty Packaging

Commenting on the 2019-20 NSW Budget, Greens spokesperson for Treasury and Finance Abigail Boyd said that it’s like the unveiling of a new Apple product – essentially the same product as last year’s, with new features we didn’t want, none of the old problems fixed; wrapped up with spin and pretty packaging.

“What do we expect from a government that calls the people of New South Wales its ‘customers’?

“With that corporate mindset, it doesn’t take much to imagine who they think their ‘shareholders’ are.

“The Treasurer celebrated NSW’s supposed ‘collective wealth’ but there is nothing collective about the wealth of the state of NSW.

“In Sydney, the top 20% of income earners have an income around five times higher than those in the bottom 20%. As household debt and expenses continue to skyrocket, median wages have flat-lined. One in six people are living in poverty.

“The level of detail and transparency in this budget is at an all-time low, with very limited disclosure on how much they plan to spend on individual programs and services. We shouldn’t have to wait for Budget Estimates to tease out that sort of information from Government Ministers.

“This budget continues the Coalition’s unhealthy obsession with maintaining a surplus. In other words, they will continue to take more from the private sector than they give back – right at a time when the private sector is less able to take on more debt.

“This budget tells us a lot about who and what the Liberals think are important.

“Where’s the spending on environmental rehabilitation? On frontline domestic and family violence services? On breaking the cycle of disadvantage?

“Again, it is public sector workers and the most vulnerable people in society who will pay the price for this government’s stubborn allegiance to discredited neoliberal ideals of small government and low taxes,” said Abigail Boyd.
Commenting on the 2019-20 NSW Budget, Greens spokesperson for Treasury and Finance Abigail Boyd said that it’s like the unveiling of a new Apple product – essentially the same product as last year’s, with new features we didn’t want, none of the old problems fixed; wrapped up with spin and pretty packaging.

“What do we expect from a government that calls the people of New South Wales its ‘customers’?

“With that corporate mindset, it doesn’t take much to imagine who they think their ‘shareholders’ are.

“The Treasurer celebrated NSW’s supposed ‘collective wealth’ but there is nothing collective about the wealth of the state of NSW.

“In Sydney, the top 20% of income earners have an income around five times higher than those in the bottom 20%. As household debt and expenses continue to skyrocket, median wages have flat-lined. One in six people are living in poverty.

“The level of detail and transparency in this budget is at an all-time low, with very limited disclosure on how much they plan to spend on individual programs and services. We shouldn’t have to wait for Budget Estimates to tease out that sort of information from Government Ministers.

“This budget continues the Coalition’s unhealthy obsession with maintaining a surplus. In other words, they will continue to take more from the private sector than they give back – right at a time when the private sector is less able to take on more debt.

“This budget tells us a lot about who and what the Liberals think are important.

“Where’s the spending on environmental rehabilitation? On frontline domestic and family violence services? On breaking the cycle of disadvantage?

“Again, it is public sector workers and the most vulnerable people in society who will pay the price for this government’s stubborn allegiance to discredited neoliberal ideals of small government and low taxes,” said Abigail Boyd.

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