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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Senator Nick Minchin
Australian Minister for Finance and Administration

29 June 2004

ALP web site highlights Labor's shrinking river policy

The ALP's policy costings are once again in a state of complete confusion with the revelation that Labor has revised the cost of its Murray Darling Riverbank from $350 million down to just $150 million.

Once again, Labor has been caught out airbrushing the ALP web site. As recently as the 17th of June, the ALP web site proudly proclaimed that Labor had a 'Riverbank' policy that amounted to a $350 million commitment to additional flows in the Murray. Today the web site contains all the same words, but a significantly downgraded financial commitment of $150 million.

Labor's policy costings are in complete disarray. Just a week after their stunning PBS back-flip, Labor are at it again, revising down the cost of their spending promises in a belated admission that they have made more promises than they can possibly fund.

But instead of announcing the change publicly, they have simply air-brushed the web site in the hope that no one would notice.

Before the web site was altered, the Labor candidate for Eden-Monaro was quoted in the Bega District News, proudly hailing Labor's '$350 million Riverbank' policy.

Labor's credibility on financial management is in disarray. How can anyone believe anything Labor says about its policies, when ALP promises are subject to revision once they realise they can't pay for it all?

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