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IT’S NO wonder Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told NSW Premier Nathan Rees over the weekend the State Government needs to ‘radically lift its game’.

Our State Government is in a big mess, and the hole just gets deeper and deeper. In debt up to its eyeballs, this new mini-Budget won’t win voters.

Already hitting families last week where they could least afford it, the State Government slashed the school bus subsidy causing many rural and regional kids to lose much-needed bus transport.

Then it struck again this week, axing the $50 back-to-school allowance, which affects 1.1 million students across the State.

All part of the State Government’s November mini-Budget plan to improve State finances, which are more than $600 million in debt.

The NSW Treasurer, Eric Roozendaal, said it was all part of tightening the belt and cutting costs.
Nathan Rees has said he wants to reinstate the public’s confidence in this Government, but hitting people who are already down and finding it hard to keep their heads above water is no confidence booster.

If the Government really wants to win voters over it will need to work very hard and concentrate on tackling the bigger issues in NSW that need fixing, not axing subsidies and small allowances that will mainly hurt lower income families.

These, of course, include the big three: Public transport, health and education.

We need a Government that can work cohesively to find the right solutions and take action to fix the big problems.


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