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Tough times for NSW under Coalition razor gang cuts

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Lee Rhiannon 12 Aug 2011

Responding to the leaked Coalition report that the opposition razor gang is looking for $70 billion in budget cuts Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has said she is concerned an Abbott led government would make life tougher for people living in NSW. (The Australian today).

"Public services across NSW will suffer if the Liberals and Nationals form government at the next election,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The hardship will be considerable as the Coalition parties will target public services, like health and education.

“Going on the track record of the Liberals and Nationals we could expect that federal environmental programs would be slashed by the razor gang led by opposition Treasury spokesperson Joe Hockey.

“Last week it was reported that Mr Hockey would abolish the Department of Climate Change and possibly other departments if the Coalition won the next election.

“The opposition planned budget reduction will impact on social and environmental programs in NSW due to direct cuts driven by the razor gang and also as less tax money will be collected.  The Coalition have promised $8 billion in tax cuts.

“Policies being pushed by the opposition will make it harder to manage the impacts the mining boom is having on manufacturing, tourism and education in NSW.

“In their quarterly analysis on the ‘state of the states’, CommSec placed the NSW economy last or near last on most of the measures assessed. NSW is at the bottom of all states when judged on economic growth.

“If a Coalition government is elected it will just exacerbate the wealth divide in this state,” Senator Rhiannon said.


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