Warren Truss.
Warren Truss.

Gympie MPs respond to Federal Budget with apathy

"WHO cares?" was the main Gympie region response to the Federal Budget yesterday.

Only Labor politicians seemed to like it, with criticism appearing to come from almost everyone else who was interested at all.

Mayor Ron Dyne said he could find nothing new to comment on.

"My take on it is that the Bruce Hwy, Gonski (education reforms) and disability issues (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) are all done and dusted," he said.

MP David Gibson said it was a "lame duck budget" from a Government that had lost impetus.

He was especially concerned at the apparent lack of any increase in the Medicare rebate, meaning more pressure on doctors who bulk bill and who may now have to introduce an extra charge to cover any cost increases.

Queensland Greens senator Larissa Waters said the "big winners" were "mining companies destroying the Great Barrier Reef and jeopardising our water supplies with fracking".

And from the other side, Queensland Resources Council chief Michael Roche criticised the "$1.1 billion tax grab on minerals and energy exploration".

Federal Wide Bay MP Warren Truss said the budget was a string of promises which few would believe.

"In each of the previous budgets, the federal Labor Government has made predictions and forecasts that have not been met," he said.

"In 2012, Labor promised a surplus this year of $1.5 billion.

"(This week) Labor announced a deficit of $19.4 billion."

He also criticised a lack of highway funding, as did Acting Premier Jeff Seeney.

Little Haven Palliative Care business manager Sue Manton said she hoped government funding would not be reduced for the Gympie organisation.

Responding to criticism from Palliative Care Australia of inadequate help for the dying, Ms Manton said it was disappointing governments did not seem to realise that home-based care was best for the patient and cheaper for the government, when compared to the cost of people spending their last months in hospital.

Gympie Times


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