The NSW Government has major concerns over the Commonwealth’s Budget, with what appears to be ‘cost-shifting’ in health and education services.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance acknowledges this is a tough blueprint designed to future-proof Australia, however NSW will now enter into discussions with the Commonwealth to assess the potential impact on service delivery.
“We are deeply concerned about what this budget means for health and education services. We make no apologies for fighting for the people of NSW when it comes to funding these vital areas,” Mr Constance said.
”We will fight tooth and nail for every dollar.”
The NSW Government also has concerns about the implementation of a $7 GP co-payment and its potential impact on overwhelming our emergency departments.
“We need to have a long and detailed discussion with the Commonwealth about further details regarding this announcement,” Mr Constance said.
NSW does welcome the Commonwealth’s investment to help get Sydney moving again.
“This money will allow us to fast-track the second stage of WestConnex, that will transform the way NSW commuters move through and around Australia’s global city,” Mr Constance said.