Baillieu releases horror budget for local families

The Baillieu Government’s second budget is a horror budget for Casey and Cardinia families, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

The 2012 State Budget was handed down by Treasurer Kim Wells in Parliament today.

Ms Graley said that the Budget once again failed to support local families through tough economic times.

“The Baillieu Government has once again forgotten our growing community,” she said

First Home Owners Bonus

“The Baillieu Government has cut the First Home Owners Bonus,”

“Not only did it provide support for first home owners who purchased newly constructed homes, it created thousands of new jobs across the state,”

“Ending this bonus will hurt families and destroy construction jobs.”

School Start Bonus

“The School Start Bonus has been abolished from 2013,”

“This will hurt thousands of Victorian families whose children start school in prep or year seven,”

“Given the Baillieu Government last year means tested this bonus, this savage cut will hit hardest families who can least afford it,”

“In a further blow, the Education Maintenance Allowance has been slashed.”

Casey Hospital

“The Baillieu Government has failed to provide extra beds for Casey Hospital, which the Minister for Health has previously admitted is at capacity,”

“At the last election, Labor promised $30 million for a new surgical operating theatre and 30 new beds, but not only is the Premier not matching this commitment, he has refused to rule out selling Casey Hospital.”

Pound and Shrives roads intersection

 “Baillieu’s budget failed to deliver traffic safety measures for the intersection of Pound and Shrives road in Hampton Park,”

“The Baillieu Government’s dithering on this important safety issue means that local motorists will continue to be put at risk.”

Casey Central East Primary School

“The Baillieu Government has failed to provide a single dollar in construction funding for the desperately needed Casey Central East Primary School,”

“Our local schools are nearly at capacity and our community continues to grow,”

“We have the land but not the school,”

“The State Government must immediately release a timetable for the opening of the Casey Central East Primary School.”

Officer Special School

“The Baillieu Government has failed to provide an interim Office Special School despite its broken promise to open the Officer Special School in 2013,”

“The pleas of local parents have fallen on deaf ears,”

“These parents now face the uncertainty of not knowing when their children will be able to attend the school.”

A jobs killing Budget

In the current financial year employment growth is zero.

Last year the government told us this figure would be 1.75 per cent and Kim Wells promised he would create 55,000 jobs each year over the next four years. This year’s budget exposes this promise as a cruel hoax.

In the 2012-2013 financial year employment is set to grow by only 0.25 per cent. In addition the Government is expecting to attract only half of the new investment that Labor attracted in Labor’s last year in Government.

The long-term major infrastructure projects are all on the never never – funding business cases, planning and development and “preparations”.

An additional 600 jobs will be cut from the Public Sector. Before the election Ted Baillieu promised he wouldn’t cut a single job; he has instead sacked 4200 Victorian Public Servants.