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

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated July 14 2022 - 9:08pm, first published 7:30pm
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.


Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the 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 seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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