The conservative Liberal-National ( LNP) Coalition are showing a lack of transparency when it comes to their costings for the up coming Federal Election in Australia, 2013.
Christopher Bowen Australian Treasurer has accused the LNP of lacking transparency. They have shown a selected group of journalist some of their costings but aren’t allowed to take them away.
Three major policies of the Coalition, their broadband policy, their border protection policy and their climate change policy, are not even going to be costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office, let alone Treasury or the Department of Finance. These are major policies that they have been campaigning on. By not submitting them to the Parliamentary Budget Office, Treasury or the Department of Finance shows a lack of consideration for the economy and defrauds the public of a proper and accountable alternative.
The LNP are still yet to make their costings public so the voters can decide for themselves. They have announced that they will release them on Thursday, just three days before the election denying voters a proper chance to study the costings before deciding.
Treasurer Bowen said today at a press conference ” If you’re so proud of your policies, you boast that you’ve submitted 200 policies to the Parliamentary Budget Office, why wouldn’t you share them with the Australian people? Why wouldn’t you share your cuts with the Australian people? This is not an appropriate way to deal with the Australian people in an election campaign.”
Joe Hockey, Shadow Treasure for LNP has pulled out of the third and final debate that had been agreed upon at the start of the election campaign.