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Labor News

New office to restore public's faith in election costings

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could: 

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

- See more at: http://www.markmcgowan.com.au/news/new-office-to-restore-publics-faith-in-election-costings-363#sthash.R7Wtsu25.dpuf

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could: 

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

- See more at: http://www.markmcgowan.com.au/news/new-office-to-restore-publics-faith-in-election-costings-363#sthash.R7Wtsu25.dpu

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could: 

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

- See more at: http://www.markmcgowan.com.au/news/new-office-to-restore-publics-faith-in-election-costings-363#sthash.R7Wtsu25.dpuf

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could: 

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

- See more at: http://www.markmcgowan.com.au/news/new-office-to-restore-publics-faith-in-election-costings-363#sthash.R7Wtsu25.dpuf

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could: 

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

- See more at: http://www.markmcgowan.com.au/news/new-office-to-restore-publics-faith-in-election-costings-363#sthash.R7Wtsu25.dpuf

A WA Labor Government will establish an independent Parliamentary Budget Office in its first term of Government to independently cost election commitments, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.


"Western Australians are tired of the political slanging match surrounding costings of political parties' promises during election campaigns," Mr McGowan said.

"A Parliamentary Budget Office is the solution to their concerns and similar offices have been set up at Federal level, as well as in New South Wales.

"It would remove the politics from costings and ensure Western Australians are presented with accurate information from which to base their decisions.

"WA Labor calls on the Liberal party to take a bipartisan approach to restoring faith and confidence in the costing of election policies by supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

"We would also expect support from the Greens Party."

Mr McGowan said WA Labor will ask the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee and the Public Accounts Committee to consider the role and functions of a Parliamentary Budget Office.

Mr McGowan said the Office could:

  • Prepare costings of election commitments during the caretaker period;
  • Prepare costings for proposed policies by Members of Parliament outside pre-election periods;
  • Provide economic, financial and fiscal advice to Members of Parliament;
  • Act as the independent referee between political parties on policy costings and Budget proposals; and
  • Make the State Budget process and election policy costings process more transparent to the public.

"During the current election campaign the Liberal Party engaged in misleading, deceptive and simply untrue campaigning surrounding costing of a number of WA Labor's election commitments," he said.

"An independent, bi-partisan office is the best solution to these problems and will give Western Australians confidence in the accuracy of the information being put before them in the lead-up to the State election."

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