NSW LOSES OUT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT SPENDING AND SKILLS IN FEDERAL BUDGET - LABOR

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The NSW Labor Opposition says NSW homeowners and public transport users have lost out in this year’s federal budget with no new measures to help first home buyers and a paltry amount going to public transport.

Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said last night’s budget also locked in education cuts as well as delivering $270 million new cuts to TAFE and apprentices.

The $50 million to go towards the business case for Western Sydney Rail and a North South Rail Link in Western Sydney showed how little the Turnbull Government trusted its state counterparts when it comes to delivering major transport projects on time and on budget.

Public transport users are being made to pay for the Berejiklian Government’s mismanagement of the CBD light rail and the blowouts on WestConnex. Overall NSW did worse in terms of infrastructure spending than Queensland and Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park

“NSW Taxpayers pay more tax than any other state yet they continue to be badly let down when it comes to getting the fair share of infrastructure funding to build our schools, hospitals and public transport networks.

”This Budget shows that the Turnbull Government just doesn’t trust Gladys Berejiklian when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars on major infrastructure projects. NSW has been ripped off when it comes to spending on public transport because she has mismanaged light rail and WestConnex.

“If you are young and wanting to get a foot on the skills ladder in NSW then it just got a lot tougher. More cuts to TAFE and apprenticeship programs on top of the Berejiklian Government’s and nothing to help you get a roof over your head in Sydney’s tough housing market.

“Despite living across the harbour from each other both the Premier and Prime Minister have once again short-changed NSW taxpayers.

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