Australian Agenda5 August 2012 Campbell Newman
but until we sort out the budgetary problems of Queensland we're in no position to putmoney in. But we'll be monitoring the trials. We'll actually be working with other statesand we'll also be undertaking reforms in our own system to do better over the next fewyears anyway.Peter van Onselen:Premier, can I ask this then because it seems that since the backdown by both Victoriaand NSW already Jenny Macklin the Federal Minister has been on the front foot,making the observation that she expects the states to be, you know, sharing in thefunding arrangements of this beyond what the Productivity Commission recommended.Where does that leave you post the trials? I suppose, if you're in such a position thatyou're in, post the trials it looks like you're going to be expected to put much moremoney into the funding of disabilities in the aftermath of the trials. Are you open tothat?Campbell Newman:Look, I want to sort of answer that in two ways. Firstly yes, there's a very cynical gameof politics being played by Jenny Macklin and the Prime Minister which departsdramatically from the Productivity Commission report which said that the FederalGovernment should fund the scheme. But having said that, should the QueenslandGovernment put more money in? Absolutely. To give you as a feel, we're putting $920million a year into supporting people at the moment. The Commonwealth puts in lessthan 300. If we were to put in the average per capita that other Australian states areputting in, the figure's about $230 million. If we were to put in the best, if you like, of other states which is WA as I understand it, that would be over 400 million extra. Nowwe're certainly prepared to lift our funding but right now with the problems we've gotwith this four billion plus deficit this financial year we simply can't do it. That, by theway, is the reason for the tough decisions my Government's making in cutting staff numbers and programs so we can get the budget back in black in the 2014/2015financial year.