GREENS candidate for Indi Jenny O’Connor has slammed the Coalition for releasing “unreliable” costings and running a “slogan campaign with no substance”.
Ms O’Connor took the opportunity yesterday to urge voters to look beyond the surface and seek out the detail in all parties’ policies before casting their vote.
Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella said while she was “not privy to the costings” before their release, the Coalition had already released some details which had been verified by three experts.
“The reality is it’s Coalition governments that always live within their means and pay back Labor’s billions of dollars worth of debt,” she said.
But Ms O’Connor said having three “friends” cost the policies wasn’t good enough.
“People need to understand how important it is to think about the policies and the costings,” Ms O’Connor said.
“It’s disappointing people don’t get the full story and then can’t make informed decisions.”
The Coalition released its full savings measures but has not released costings for its three biggest policies — NBN, asylum seekers and its Direct Action climate change plan.
“The costings (released) are unreliable because these policies haven’t been officially costed,” Ms O’Connor said.
“They’ve hoodwinked the public by withholding this until after the (TV and radio) advertising blackout.
“The whole campaign has been based on misinformation and creating fear in the community, and then coming up with slogans for that.
“I really hope people have the commonsense to look further before they cast their vote.”
Ms O’Connor said the Greens had previously tried to introduce a policy that would force all parties to have their completed costings submitted earlier in election campaigns but it was blocked by both Labor and the Coalition.
The Greens had released their fully costed policies from the start of the campaign, while Labor released its intermittently, though some were still to come.
Independent Cathy McGowan said she was disappointed by the level of detail released, while independent Jennifer Podesta said it was disappointing they had been released so late, after many had already voted.