Labor's election promises match final PBO costings, but add to deficit pressure

Harley Dennett
Updated July 15 2022 - 7:08am, first published 5:30am
Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, and Assistant Minister for Treasury Andrew Leigh. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong
Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, and Assistant Minister for Treasury Andrew Leigh. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Budget deficits would be expected to worsen by around $2 billion a year if Federal Labor fulfills all its promises to voters made during the 2022 election, an official parliamentary analysis has found.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Public Service Editor

Former federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered eight budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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