Joe Hockey claims Treasury figures not credible

Joe Hockey claims Treasury figures not credible

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey says the Coalition will not be relying on Treasury’s independent budget figures, to develop its policy costings.

Treasurer Chris Bowen is currently preparing the pre-election fiscal outlook, based on Treasury’s figures, which will be released 10 days in to the election campaign.

In an article in the Australian Financial Review today, Mr Hockey says the whole process of the pre-election outlook has become a sham, and any economic figures cannot be trusted.

The government says a weaker terms-of-trade has effected the budget outlook, but Mr Hockey says the government always find a way to blame someone else for its problems.

But Mr Bowen has accused Mr Hockey of being a hypocrite.

He says just two months ago, Mr Hockey said the ONLY figures he would trust were those provided in the pre-election forecast, and today he’s trashing its credibility.

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