Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Abbott Government budget cuts to be achieved by freezing funding indexation - full list of programs

The Daily Telegraph 3 August 2014:

AUSTRALIA’S immunisation program delivering lifesaving vaccines is among the targets of a secret hit list of $165 million in federal Budget cuts.
Divorced parents, the aged, depression sufferers and programs to help Aboriginal teenagers secure a place at university are among the targets of the “nip and tuck’’ ­approach to spending.
For the first time, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has confirmed the programs that face an “indexation pause’’ to Parliament in a ­secret hit list of 111 programs across multiple portfolios.
In the May Budget Treasurer Joe Hockey confirmed a $165 million freeze on the ­indexation of funding for multiple programs but did not specify which would be cut.
But the full list of programs that face a nip and tuck to spending has been released to Parliament.
It reveals cuts across 10 portfolios including health, education, agriculture, communications and the ­Department of Social Services.
Senate Opposition leader Penny Wong had demanded the government release the documents....

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