Monday 22nd Oct, 2018

South Australian industry bodies disappointed in “smoke and mirrors” budget


INDUSTRY lobby groups in South Australia have registered their disappointment in this year’s federal budget, saying it is misleading, untimely and inauspicious deal for the state.

A statement from the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC), South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), Royal Automobile Association (RAA) and Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCF SA) pointed out that the Commonwealth’s re-asserted pledge to complete the North South Corridor by 2023 is now a seemingly impossible task with none of the $1.2bn needed for works on the corridor in the forward estimates.

The industry lobby groups also noted the new Biosecurity Imports Levy – the $10.02 per TEU that will be imposed on sea-freight imports.

SAFC executive officer Evan Knapp said this year’s budget is “all smoke and mirrors” and delivers none of the promise of the pre-budget announcements made on Monday.

“It is now clear that the Commonwealth’s commitment to complete the North South Corridor by 2023 will not be met without a change to the budget, which is a great disappointment for all South Australians,” he said.

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