Parties talk tough on budget plans, but there’s no magic pudding

Likewise, such decisions leave the budget more vulnerable to future shocks.

The Coalition also claimed a $5.1 billion saving by eliminating waste “through improved financial controls”, although it has done little to outline how this would work in reality. There is also a $6.7 billion claimed from a decision to privatise the operation of two Victorian sewerage plants (through a 50-year lease).

Labor’s policy document is comparatively clear, but it, too, is guilty of shuffling money around to pad out the budget in 2025-26, ahead of the 2026 election.

For example, it has claimed an extra…



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I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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