Multi-billion dollar hole in Liberal Party election promisesThursday 07 Mar 2013
Ben Wyatt, Shadow Treasurer
Colin Barnett's election promises have proven to be nothing more than a fiction now that we know they are based on an assumption that they will be paid for by the Commonwealth Government, Shadow Treasurer Ben Wyatt said today.
"Colin Barnett has assumed the Commonwealth Government will provide $3billion to pay for his election promises," Mr Wyatt said.
"Not only is this the height of irresponsibility, it is utterly unbelievable and proves that Mr Barnett has no intention of delivering on his public transport promises.
"Further, the estimated total net debt impact of $1.2billion can only be believed if Mr Barnett intends to break his promise to keep electricity prices at the rate of inflation.
"Treasury has highlighted the fact that this promise, if honoured, will increase net debt by a further $539million, yet Mr Barnett has not allocated one cent to pay for this alleged commitment.
"This multi-billion net debt hole in the Liberal Party's election promises is before we even take into consideration the impact of the National Party's $850million in election promises."
Mr Wyatt said Western Australians are entitled to assume that when political parties announce election promises during an election campaign, they will also assume responsibility for paying for those promises.
"Mr Barnett has assumed that the Commonwealth Government will pay for the majority of his public transport promises," he said.
"This is the height of deceit and means that those commitments will follow the same sad path as Mr Barnett's broken promise to build a rail line to Ellenbrook.
"Mr Barnett has made his election promises subject to a condition he knows will never be met.
"Every Western Australian can expect that if Mr Barnett is re-elected on Saturday, he will walk away from his public transport election promises."