Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison visits Hasluck

Ken Wyatt with Kevin Gartrell (Slater-Gartrell Sports store in Midland) and Treasurer Scott Morrison. Picture: David Baylis
Ken Wyatt with Kevin Gartrell (Slater-Gartrell Sports store in Midland) and Treasurer Scott Morrison. Picture: David Baylis

FEDERAL Treasurer Scott Morrison was in Midland today to meet with the Swan Chamber of Commerce, and help Liberal MP Ken Wyatt in his campaign for Hasluck.

Mr Morrison said the Labor’s policy on the deficit was akin to policies on the movie Zoolander.

The ALP has promised a 10-year economic plan, which offers big budget deficits in the short term.

Mr Morrison said the Labor policies were typical of the Opposition Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and were the sort of policies that Derek Zoolander would put together.

“They are a picture book, they are not a plan,” he said.

Mr Morrison said there were more pictures and fewer words in the Labor economic document than there were in a Taylor Swift CD.

“The economy needs to move forward. It’s tremendous to be here in Hasluck,” Mr Morrison said.

“The Charter of Budget honesty requires you not to give up on a budget for four years, but to actually provide one for four years.

“That’s what the Moody’s and other ratings agencies look at, not at a 10 year dreamed up numbers which Chris Bowen is yet to even deliver.”

President of the Swan Chamber of Commerce Graeme Harris said the treasurer and Ken Wyatt spoke with local business representatives in the chamber at length this morning.

“We spoke about infrastructure in the area and projects the Federal government have promised to fund for growth in the area,” Mr Harris said.

“The Treasurer was great and it’s wonderful to have him here in Midland.”

Mr Morrison said the Forrestfield rail link was an important part of infrastructure the Federal Government would pursue if re-elected on July 2.

“We have committed $500 million to that project,” Mr Morrison said.

Asked about GST reform, the Treasurer said no other state had better advocates than WA and its articulate representatives.

“This is the strongest team from WA which has spoken on the GST reform from State Treasurer Mike Nahan, Mathias Cormann, Steve Irons and Michaelia Cash, and of course Ken Wyatt and the rest of the WA team.

“The whole WA Team has been very unhappy with the distribution of the GST and raised this on countless occasions.

“We will focus on reform,” Mr Morrison said.