Treasurer Wayne Swan released the 2011-2012 Federal Budget Tuesday night, pledging to return Australia back into surplus by 2012-2013 through spending cuts and the acceleration from the mining boom.
One of the key points of Swan’s fourth budget—and Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s first—is $22 billion in cuts over four years, including a halt on the income limit on family assistance at $150,000 a year. With the $22 billion in savings, the nation is on track for surplus in 2012-2013, as promised, Swan noted.
While $4 billion of the cuts will be made in 2011-2012, the rest will be made over the next three years in welfare cuts and other smaller measures. Swan said this concurs at the same time as a rise in government revenues and an increased boost from the mining boom. Swan said, “Mining investment will rise to around 8 times the level preceding the boom to $76 billion in 2011-12, underpinned by the highest sustained terms of trade in 140 years.” The Treasury expects business investment to rise an additional 14.5 per cent in 2012-13, reaching a 50-year high as a share of GDP.
Other Federal Budget points:
While there will be a $49.4 billion deficit this year, the return to surplus will be $3.5 billion by 2012-2013.