Back to Radio RN Breakfast, Josh Frydenberg is requested why Scott Morrison isn’t on his election signage.
There’s quite a lot of signage of me as a result of I’m the candidate, he says.
Asked once more, he says;
It is my identify and my identify solely on the poll field.
The Liberal marketing campaign is in Darwin this morning. They imagine they will win Lingiari.
Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has instructed Radio National the Coalition will impose an additional 0.5% “efficiency dividend” on the general public sector, chopping $2.3bn from authorities departments and businesses that develop coverage and ship companies.
The method the effectivity dividend works is it’s as much as departmental heads to seek out these efficiencies … The annual departmental invoice is $327bn, what we’re saying is will probably be lowered to $324bn … They are finest positioned to work out how they are going to discover efficiencies.”
Frydenberg famous that Labor additionally had an effectivity dividend when it was final in workplace.
Frydenberg claimed that Labor’s insurance policies, similar to pressing care centres haven’t been correctly costed, and Anthony Albanese was compelled to retract the declare it had been independently costed by the PBO.
Asked about Jane Hume’s feedback that tapping superannuation for housing would trigger a brief “bump” in costs, Frydenberg pivoted to noting that first residence consumers would convey ahead their buy.
Frydenberg relied on the Property Council for claims property costs received’t rise a lot. He famous the coverage is estimated so as to add $5bn to the housing market, which might not have a “material” affect on the housing market.
Part of the Coalition’s costings embrace effectivity dividends – which is simply one other method of claiming cuts.
Where from? Josh Frydenberg can’t say. That will probably be as much as departmental heads.
He instructed ABC Radio RN:
Well, the best way the effectivity dividend works is it’s as much as departmental heads to to seek out these efficiencies inside their very own organisation.
The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and finance minister, Simon Birmingham, will launch the Coalition’s costings in Melbourne this morning.
The costings will present a finances enchancment of $1bn over 4 years, which is peanuts, actually, given within the 2022 finances the federal government selected to spend $70bn of the $100bn enchancment within the backside line. The $1bn saving is essentially pushed by a public sector effectivity dividend, or, in plain English: cuts to businesses that develop coverage and ship companies.
The authorities will use the event to reheat claims that Labor is fiscally irresponsible, citing claims it will have spent $81bn extra in the course of the pandemic a factoid primarily based on heroic assumptions about how a lot Labor would’ve boosted jobseeker. It additionally conveniently ignores the $40bn of jobkeeper given by the Coalition to firms that didn’t meet the income downturn threshold.
The Coalition can also be concentrating on Labor for having not but submitted its insurance policies to the Parliamentary Budget Office for costing, leaving it to the dying days of the marketing campaign – the identical trick Tony Abbott pulled earlier than the 2013 election.
We have submitted 35 insurance policies for costing but Labor has submitted none. Labor can’t handle cash and to keep away from correct scrutiny they haven’t submitted their costings for impartial verification and publication in the course of the marketing campaign.
The Morrison authorities will at all times pursue alternatives to strengthen the finances whereas rising the economic system and guaranteeing important companies.
There are simply 4 days to go and Scott Morrison 2.0 and Anthony Albanese are doing all of the can to win hearts and minds.
But because the battle of the photograph ops continues, each campaigns are attempting to win the headline battle, with every chief making an attempt to color the opposite as the larger danger.
Today, that’s led the Coalition to announce its releasing its costings in a transfer designed to wedge Labor who’re but to announce theirs.
Costings was an enormous deal and had been handled severely. Then it grew to become simply one other political weapon.
But the Coalition will say they will enhance the finances backside line after which use that to level the finger at Labor. After establishing a housing battle, the Coalition is now on the lookout for an ‘economic managers’ struggle.
We’ll convey you all the day because it occurs. I’m presently swimming in espresso and it nonetheless doesn’t appear to be sufficient.
Ready? Nope, me both. Still, we should start.