THE OPPOSITION must release its costings to the public, according to Labor candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters and Greens candidate Lachlan Slade.
The government has put pressure on the Coalition to release detailed budget plans and figures this week.
Liberal candidate Greg Bickley was asked what services would be cut to fund apparent shortfalls in his party’s promises at a debate this week.
Independent candidate Matine Rahmani accused Mr Bickely of dodging the question.
Ms Chesters said she was “concerned and petrified” by the lack of detail around the opposition’s plans.
“They will have to make $70 billion of cuts to pay for their electoral promises,” she said.
“My challenge to Greg Bickley is to detail what projects he is not going to fund, what services will he cut back and what jobs will he cut.
“To ensure Bendigo continues to be economically prosperous, we need to keep infrastructure funding going.
“In a sustainable way, but going.
“Every public sector job loss in our region is not only a cut in our services, but it’s also a loss of those wages from our local community.” Mr Slade said it was it was “irresponsible and absolutely ridiculous that they’re not realising costings”.
“The fact they’ve had black holes in their budget in the past is very worrying for a lot of Australians,” he said.
“It’s not good for the business community.
“We don’t know what the Coalition stands for.”
Mr Bickley would not say when the figures would be released, but promised it would be before the election.
“People will have no doubt when they go to the polls knowing exactly how much we are going to spend, how much we are going to save and exactly how the budget bottom line will be better off overall,” he said.
“Labor delivered their costings the day before the 2007 election and the day before the 2010 election.
“We’ll certainly do better than the day before the election.”
Nationals candidate Sarah Sheedy said figures would be released “in the near future”.
“They’re working on it,” she said.
“I’m not 100 per cent across the situation and what’s happening, but I have been reassured we will have costings in the near future.”