SMOKE AND MIRRORS BUDGET FOR BRADDON - AGAIN
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said the budget on balance was a disappointment for the North West and West Coast.
"The budget locks in an $80 billion tax handout to multi nationals and the banks while at the same time confirms funding cuts to local schools and hospitals.
Even more alarming is there is a massive $270 million cut to TAFE and apprentices."
"This cut will do nothing to address the loss of 2,000 apprentices from Tasmania including 700 from Braddon since the Coalition was elected.
The budget confirms yet again Malcolm Turnbull does not seem to understand the priorities of this region."
"The people of Braddon quite rightly want better health, education and job opportunities for our young people.
The budget does the opposite."
Justine Keay said the investment in additional associate degree places at the University of Tasmania Burnie and Launceston campus was always inevitable.
"Labor led the way for UTAS Northern Expansion and the additional places were always part of that plan.
The much vaunted $400 million roads package is disappointingly all smoke and mirrors. It appears nothing more than rebadged funding with just $10 million allocated to Tasmania over the next 12 months."
WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY 2018
MEDIA CONTACTS: JOHN DOWLING (KEAY – 0417 575 148)
Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra