Treasury fronts up on $210m budget hole

The Department of Treasury and Finance has admitted to an embarrassing blunder in Treasurer Troy Buswell's request for a $1.15 billion advance for the state's bills that left an unexplained $210 million hole.


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"The reason that appropriation bills need to be continually brought before the house for scrutiny is that it enables us to expose the Treasurer’s complete inability to control the rampant growth in government spending in Western Australia. It is a huge issue." Quote from Hansard from Troy Buswell, 27 November 2007, commenting on a bill to do with expenditure of $342.9 million by Eric Ripper. Mr Buswell is now asking for three times that amount. Expenditure growth while Troy Buswell has been Treasurer exceeds the expenditure growth under Labor. Bill Johnston MLA Labor Member for Cannington PS, it is not the Department of Treasury and Finance that provided the document to the Parliament, it was Mr Buswell. Has anyone asked Mr Buswell if he read the document before he presented it to Parliament?

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