The Western Australian Government’s Budget, handed down yesterday, offers little for those most in need, and bypassed by the mining boom.
While the government can find money to develop the Swan River foreshore (nice for the people that live in the city) and $77 million for a new football oval, there is little in the way of spending on social projects.
Sure, there is extra for health and police (which continues to lose more people than it can recruit) but there’s only a pittance on emergency housing, for example.
Even the business community reckons it’s been hard done by. When that happens, something must really be wrong.
I just don’t understand: if the government is raking in the mining royalties, why does it say it has to borrow and will be in debit by 2011?