Australian Budget 2009 Round UpPosted May 12th, 2009 and last modified May 5th, 2011
Wayne Swan has just finished his speech to parliament. The majority of economic analysts believe the budget forecasts are ‘pessimistic’. The key points made during his speech included:
Spending, Spending and General
- Train rails, sea ports, green energy and roads: $22 billion.
- Medicare Safety Net retained for all Australians, with caps on some services.
- By 2023, the pension age will be increased to 67. This will be progressively increased by 2 months a year from 2009-2023. Single pensioners will earn up to $32.49 a week, while couples are entitled to $10.14
- $544 a week for up to 18 weeks of Paid Parental Leave
- 1st home owners grant extend for 6 months, but at a reduced rate after 3 months.
- Family tax benefits will remain unchanged for three years.
- The education sector will receive a $2.7 billion stimulus
- Budget plans will save $22.6 billion over four years.
- Internet filter and cyber safety spending to exceed $30 million.
- $5.9 million in 2010 to begin an Indigenous Healing Foundation.
- $210 billion dollars of revenue is estimated to be lost over a span of four years.
- Budget deficit $57.6 billion for 2009.
- Unemployment estimates: 8.25% for 2009, 8.50% for 2010 and 7.50% for 2011.
- Growth estimates: -0.5% for 2009, 2.25% for 2010 and 4.50% for 2011-2013
- Inflation estimate: 1.75% for 2009.
Budget Updates & Sources
Optimist Swan tips rapid return to boom times: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/12/2568531.htm
Budget 09: Wayne’s world of pain: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/12/2568487.htm
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Treasurer Wayne Swan delivers 2009 Federal Budget: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25469991-5012587,00.html
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