Rudd backfires

August 30th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

News.com.au reports:

TWO of ’s most senior public servants have undermined Labor claims of a $10 billion black hole in Tony Abbott’s election costings, prompting Joe Hockey to call “a liar”.

In a dramatic and highly unusual move, the heads of Treasury and Finance issued a statement to distance themselves from claims the Coalition had a major financial hole in their election costings.

The intervention, just over a week from polling day, was welcomed by the Opposition, which has been under pressure to provide full details of its election costings, amid Labor claims of a major black hole.

Treasury head Martin Parkinson and Finance chief David Tune, in a joint statement, forced the Government on the defensive just hours after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had publicly accused the Coalition of a $10 billion “fraud”. …

Dr Parkinson and Mr Tune, both of whom were at a secretaries’ retreat in Canberra when the PM made the attack on the Coalition, undermined the Government’s central claims.

“These costings were not prepared under the election costings commitments’ process outlined in the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998,” they said.

“At no stage prior to the caretaker period has either department costed Opposition policies.”

This is highly unusual, to have the Treasury Secretary contradict the Prime Minister. But good on them for protecting the neutrality of the public service.

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5 Responses to “Rudd backfires”

  1. Martin Gibson (226 comments) says:

    United Future’s suggestion that election promises be independently costed to avoid wff kiwibuild etc would work well on both sides of the Tasman. Good policy, it’s just a shame about all the ear hair and all the dandruff on all the tweed.

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  2. F E Smith (3,301 comments) says:

    Since they have got pretty much every other forecast and estimate wrong over the last few years, I guess the Aussie Treasury wanted to make sure that it wasn’t completely sunk by the ALP’s false claims.

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  3. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (856 comments) says:

    Nope, this is Martin Parkinson covering his arse. The Australian Treasury has been hyperpartisan under him with lots of bullshit costings of ALP policy, and dodgy forecasts – remember how the surplus was due to be back this year, and how the mining tax would raise money.

    Here’s hoping that the Coalition havent forgotten that Treasury slipped a very long way from the integrity that Ken Henry insisted on.

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  4. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    So, they’re hoping the new boss won’t bethinking of a purge.

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  5. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Every time anyone makes a mistake in this campaign he is immediately accused of lying. Errors apparently aren’t possible.

    Though living in Australia, and a political junkie, I watched only a few minutes of the first debate and nothing since. Mr Boring versus Mr Big Yawn – two more unexiting candidates would be hard to find.

    Assuming Hockey becomes Treasurer, his relationship with Treasury officials ls will be interesting. He has frequently attacked them, accusing them of being in Labor’s pocket. Which may explain this latest development.

    The Murdoch press is going full bore in support of the Liberals. So far the Sydney Daily Telegraph has characterised Rudd on its front page as a Nazi, Colonel Schultz, of Hogan’s Heroes and Hannibal Lecter.

    Next week expect Dracula, Jack the Ripper and Pol Pot.

    Murdoch has to be one of the most evil bastards this globe has seen for a long time.

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