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SA budget spends big on health and construction

July 2021 Big spending on construction, a mental health plan to try to address an overflowing public health system and a cost for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital are key features of this year’s pre-election state budget. In a pre-election budget that included no new cuts, Treasurer Rob Lucas confirmed an extra $1 billion was needed to complete the North-South Corridor while also confirming the controversial Hove rail crossing project had been scrapped altogether. Net debt will reach $33.62 billion over the forward estimates – more than forecast in last year’s budget — due to a focus on spending to create jobs amid the pandemic. A record $1.78 billion deficit has been forecast for this financial year, which is better than the expected $2.6 billion deficit, thanks to a GST and stamp duty windfall. Budget papers outline that the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is estimated to cost $1.95 billion and be completed by 2026, with patients to be admitted in 2027 – a year later than previously expected. A $163.5 million package for mental health will look to ease pressure on the state’s public hospital system and emergency departments. The plan includes a 20-bed older persons acute mental facility at Modbury costing $48 million over the next four years The estimated cost of the North-South Corridor is now $9.9 billion — $1 billion more than forecast at the last budget — with the new cost based on increasing the number of tunnel lanes from two to three to handle higher traffic volumes. Labor to scrab sports arena South Australia’s Labor party has vowed to scrap a $667 million sports and entertainment arena — promised by the current state government if re-elected — to instead channel the funds into the state’s ailing health system. In March, Premier Steven Marshall announced plans to build the stadium by 2026 in the empty space between Adelaide’s rail yards and the River Torrens in the city’s west. Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas told ABC Radio Adelaide now was not the right time to be spending taxpayer funds on an arena when the public health system is “in crisis”. “Our health system needs more resources now, not a basketball stadium,” he said. Paramedics across the state have been taking industrial action by writing messages on their ambulances to highlight ramping issues in Adelaide’s major hospitals.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

SA budget spends big on health and

construction

July 2021 Big spending on construction, a mental health plan to try to address an overflowing public health system and a cost for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital are key features of this year’s pre- election state budget. In a pre-election budget that included no new cuts, Treasurer Rob Lucas confirmed an extra $1 billion was needed to complete the North-South Corridor while also confirming the controversial Hove rail crossing project had been scrapped altogether. Net debt will reach $33.62 billion over the forward estimates – more than forecast in last year’s budget — due to a focus on spending to create jobs amid the pandemic. A record $1.78 billion deficit has been forecast for this financial year, which is better than the expected $2.6 billion deficit, thanks to a GST and stamp duty windfall. Budget papers outline that the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is estimated to cost $1.95 billion and be completed by 2026, with patients to be admitted in 2027 – a year later than previously expected. A $163.5 million package for mental health will look to ease pressure on the state’s public hospital system and emergency departments. The plan includes a 20-bed older persons acute mental facility at Modbury costing $48 million over the next four years The estimated cost of the North-South Corridor is now $9.9 billion — $1 billion more than forecast at the last budget — with the new cost based on increasing the number of tunnel lanes from two to three to handle higher traffic volumes. Labor to scrab sports arena South Australia’s Labor party has vowed to scrap a $667 million sports and entertainment arena — promised by the current state government if re-elected — to instead channel the funds into the state’s ailing health system. In March, Premier Steven Marshall announced plans to build the stadium by 2026 in the empty space between Adelaide’s rail yards and the River Torrens in the city’s west. Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas told ABC Radio Adelaide now was not the right time to be spending taxpayer funds on an arena when the public health system is “in crisis”. “Our health system needs more resources now, not a basketball stadium,” he said. Paramedics across the state have been taking industrial action by writing messages on their ambulances to highlight ramping issues in Adelaide’s major hospitals.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia