Parramatta Holroyd on Budget 2014

State Liberal Parramatta MP Geoff Lee:

Parramatta State Liberal MP Geoff Lee.

Parramatta State Liberal MP Geoff Lee.

‘‘While the budget is undoubtedly tough we shouldn't down-play its pluses. $20 billion investment in a Medical Research Future Fund should see additional funding to Westmead Medical precinct – helping position Parramatta as a leader in medical research. WestConnex and western Sydney infrastructure will receive a significant funding boosts of an extra $2 billion and $2.9 billion respectively. The budget will bring forward major infrastructure works – it will be a catalyst for jobs, growth and prosperity in our region.’’

Parramatta Federal Labor MP Julie Owens.

Parramatta Federal Labor MP Julie Owens.

Federal Labor Parramatta MP Julie Owens:

‘‘There are some horrors in there. A single income of up to $100,000 a year with two kids aged five and 13 will be $5,000 worse off per year, and we can find lots of other examples... They’re making it more expensive to see a doctor early... Our kids aren’t going to be able to afford university... They’re pushing enormous burdens back onto the state government, which won’t be able to cope. The whole commitment to improving our schools over time has gone.’’

Holroyd Liberal councillor Ross Grove:

Holroyd Liberal councillor Ross Grove.

Holroyd Liberal councillor Ross Grove.

‘‘Taxpayers in western Sydney pull their weight and we expect others to do the same. That being said, young people who are genuinely seeking to make something of themselves will be supported by the government through the creation of Trade Support Loans to support apprentices while they complete their trade qualification. But if you’re content to spend your life as a dole bludger, then this is probably not the budget for you.’’

Holroyd Labor councillor Greg Cummings:

‘‘I don’t mind the infrastructure but what we really need is jobs and I don’t see how in the long term this is going to generate jobs. Thirty per cent of school leavers in the western suburbs don’t complete their HSC, so what’s going to happen to that lost generation? All they’re doing is winding back on social welfare... That’s the biggest issue I see for Australia. Where are the semi-skilled and unskilled going to get work? They can’t all work in the retail and service industries.’’

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