FARRER Liberal candidate Sussan Ley says the Coalition’s release of costings yesterday provided the platform and certainty for delivery of key election promises.
Treasurer Joe Hockey claimed the Coalition’s policy costings would provide more money for health, education, agriculture and disadvantaged regions.
The Coalition’s big ticket election promise in Farrer was a $5 million commitment to Albury Wodonga Health.
“Improving the overall budget position allows the Coalition to maintain and improve spending on health, education, agriculture and important rail and bridge projects across various rural electorates including Farrer,” Ms Ley said.
“When you then add the $5 million we’ve promised for the cardio unit at Albury, the three-year roll-out of fast broadband, the $100 million plan to fix mobile phone blackspots and our $200 million National Stronger Regions Fund, I am more than happy to take these proposals to the voters.”
Farrer Labor candidate Gavin Hickey said the intended cuts would spell the end of the Regional Development Australia fund.
The fund had helped bankroll the $10.5 million Albury Art Gallery upgrade but other projects including the Corowa saleyards redevelopment sat in limbo.
“It’s bad news for regional Australia with the cutting of the regional infrastructure fund,” Mr Hickey said.
“It gives a real indication to all the councillors and mayors out there of what to expect.”
Mr Hickey criticised the lack of costings for key issues such as the National Broadband Network and asylum seekers.
“They’ve been telling us all along to wait for our costings and now when it gets to the end, they say they’re not giving costings for those policies,” he said.
“It seems like a triumph of cynical politics to me.”
He said the Coalition’s constant talk of a surplus had “all but disappeared”.