An increasingly desperate and angry Labor Party are becoming so ‘spooked’ by growing voter concern over Mr Malinauskas’ reckless pre-election spending spree, they are now trying to deny ever making some of the unfunded promises in the first place.
Treasurer Rob Lucas said Labor’s extraordinary knee-jerk reaction to public criticism of their billions in unfunded promises was akin to a “massive toddler tantrum”, as families and households grow increasingly worried about potential hikes to taxes, charges and levies if Labor is elected.
“Struggling South Australian households and businesses are not stupid – they know that if someone is promising billions of dollars in new spending, then inevitably they’re the ones who will have to pay,” Mr Lucas said.
“Labor’s extraordinary outburst in response to the public’s growing concern demonstrates clearly they are increasingly worried about the growing tide of negative feedback.”
For example, the Labor Party has been telling journalists, denying they ever made some of their promises in the first place, such as:
Promise: Investment Attraction Agency – $50 million for 2 years, $8 million per annum to operate
P. Malinauskas – Budget Reply Speech (Hansard, Nov. 2020) – “This policy is a No Regrets proposition,” Mr Malinauskas told Parliament.
Promise: Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) – uncosted
P. Malinauskas/Labor – organised a petition ‘Free RATs for everyone’
P. Malinauskas – later released Labor Policy ‘COVID-19 Plan’
– free RATs for all essential workers (including retail workers), people on low incomes and for vulnerable communities
Promise: Vaccine Plant at Thebarton – $60 million
W. Goodings: “If you were the Premier, would you fully fund the Thebarton BioCina Plant that says it could manufacture Pfizer in simply a matter of months if it was provided with some $60 million?”
P. Malinauskas: “The short answer is, we would be willing to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to supporting that sort of development.” – (FiveAA May 27, 2021)
“In addition, Labor now denies they ever promised to remove the aggregation changes during the land tax election debate ($75 million per annum) and that they need to cost their unfunded promise of free pre-school for 3-year-olds ($100 million per annum),” said Mr Lucas.
“Labor are also denying they have to include any estimated cost for compensation for tearing up legally-binding contracts for train and tram services.
“In fact, Labor are so concerned about the public backlash to their unfunded billions of dollars in promises they are effectively throwing a massive toddler tantrum, by now trying to claim that the Liberal Government has made more than $2 billion in unfunded election promises.
“Labor’s claims are laughable and a work of fantasy as South Australians know it is only the Labor Party who has been promising hundreds of extra employees and billions in extra spending.
“For example, the Riverbank Arena is not a new spending promise as it was announced 12 months ago and only $79 million is budgeted to be spent before 2025.
“If Labor wants to define that as a ‘new election promise’ then they might as well go all in and include the $2 billion for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital while they’re at it.
“The critical question remains for struggling families and households is can they risk our economic recovery from the pandemic by having to pay massive increases in taxes and charges to pay for Labor’s billions in unfunded promises?”
Would Labor massively increase:
- ESL Bills
- Water Bills
- Stamp duty costs
- Payroll tax costs
- Motor reg charges
Or would Labor have to increase all of them?