SYDNEY, AAP – STATE GOVERNMENTS REACT TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET

VICTORIA – Labor Treasurer Tim Pallas

* “We’ll get six per cent of new infrastructure spending, despite the fact that we’re about 26 per cent of the nation’s population and economy. It’s increasingly apparent that the Commonwealth are short-changing Victorians for purely political agendas and it’s a disgrace.” (Interview with 3AW.)

QUEENSLAND – Labor Treasurer Cameron Dick

* “I just can’t help express my disappointment particularly for infrastructure for housing and for health care.”

* We’ve just been left behind again because they control 23 out of 30 seats in the House of Representatives up here and they just put it in the bank and take us for granted.” (Interview with ABC Radio.)

NSW – Liberal Treasurer Matt Kean

* “I congratulate Josh Frydenberg on a budget that delivers vital infrastructure, tax and cost of living relief, and also important spends on preschools, aged care and domestic violence prevention.

* “This budget provides skilled training for in-demand industries, supports first home buyers and will help our state bounce back stronger than ever.” (Statement)

TASMANIA – Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein

* “These initiatives will be very welcome for thousands of Tasmanians, further helping to ease cost of living pressure on Tasmanian households for those that need it most.” (Statement)