Constance accuses Feds of cost-shifting

The NSW Government has major concerns over the Commonwealth’s Budget, with what appears to be ‘cost-shifting’ in health and education services, NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance said.

He said NSW Treasury estimated the state was being asked to find an extra $1.2 billion over four years in its health budget.

Mr  Constance said he acknowledged the Budget was a "tough blueprint designed to future-proof Australia", but said NSW would now enter into discussions with the Commonwealth to assess the potential impact on service delivery.

“We are deeply concerned about what this budget means for health and education services,” Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government also has concerns about the implementation of a $7 GP co-payment and its potential impact on overwhelming emergency departments.

“We need to have a long and detailed discussion with the Commonwealth about further details regarding this announcement,” Mr Constance said.

NSW does welcome the Commonwealth’s investment to help get Sydney moving again.

“This money will allow us to fast-track the second stage of WestConnex, that will transform the way NSW commuters move through and around Australia’s global city,” Mr Constance said.

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