Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop,  during a press conference at the Gateway West Australia Perth Airport and Freight Access Project site office in Perth, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Finance Senator Mathias Cormann and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, during a press conference at the Gateway West Australia Perth Airport and Freight Access Project site office in Perth, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

OPINION: My five cents’ worth on election ready Budget

BY the time you read this the five cent coin could have gone the way of the dodo.

The Turnbull Government was expected to axe production of the five cent coin as part of its Budget handed down last night.

Apparently the five cent coin now costs six cents to make, so it's not terribly viable to keep producing them, seeing as all you can buy with them is lollies.

I use five cent coins to open up the top of my lawnmower and in many respects it acts like a mini screwdriver. But I digress.

Sadly, our earlier deadline these days (6.30pm) prevents us from bringing you Budget coverage in the paper edition, but look at our website for more details.

We'll be keeping an eye on key infrastructure spending on the Northern Rivers or, as the Opposition is likely to label it, 'pork barrelling', in the lead up to July's federal election.

Any spending on roads, bridges and airports would be welcomed in a Budget context.

Supporting existing services and programs or even rolling out new ones that tackle some of our biggest regional health problems (smoking, drinking, obesity, suicide and cancer) would also be a step forward.

Job creation and spending on education to get us ready for the innovation economy would also be wonderful in the context of our high unemployment area.

Anything that connects us, whether it is very fast broadband, or an integrated public transport solution is highly desirable.

But after the failures of the past, it's likely to be an election-friendly Budget and nothing more.



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