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Budget cuts continue in 2015-16
WHEN Treasurer Peter Gutwein says there’ll be no “new” savings in the budget he is trying to mislead people. The 2014/15 budget made cuts to agencies totally $744.6 million over four years. It cut Agency budgets by $198.7 million in 2015-16 almost $50 million more than was cut in the preceding year.
According to the last budget, the cuts for the 2015-16 financial year include:
Education $38 million (up from $21.6 in 2014-15)
Health and Human Services $25.5 million (up from $18.9 in 2014-15)
Tasmanian Health Organisations $28.6 million (up from $21.8 in 2014-15)
Police and Emergency Management $11.2 million (up from $7.5 in 2014-15)
Justice $5.8 million (up from $2.7 in 2014-15)
State Growth $17.7 million (up from $13.1 in 2014-15)
Treasury and Finance $1.8 million (up from $1.1 in 2014-15)
Premier and Cabinet $4.5 million (down from $4.6 in 2014-15)
There are additional cuts for each year of the forward estimates as well. So don’t be fooled by the spin, no new cuts doesn’t mean that the government’s cuts to the public sector have come to an end.
The 2015-16 State Budget is released on May 28, just over a month away. We’ve already seen seen unsustainable ad-hoc cuts in agencies that lack strategy, which ultimately impacts on employees on the ground and services for Tasmanians.