Opposition leader Bill Shorten tries on a hat from Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club in Kingscliff on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten tries on a hat from Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club in Kingscliff on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Liana Boss

Labor costings called into question

LABOR is being questioned over its claim it would reap a net $36 billion over 10 years after fulfilling its election promises and making changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax.

Costings by the Parliamentary Budget Office show that changes similar to Labor's policies would raise $800 million a year less than Labor has touted.

The PBO found the estimates were of "low reliability due to uncertainty" around how housing investors might respond to the policy if implemented.

However, such uncertainty surrounds most budget forecasts of major policy changes, whether from the PBO, Treasury or private economists.

Asked yesterday on ABC Radio National about the discrepancies, Labor leader Bill Shorten refused to release the detail underpinning the maths.


Democracy sausage: Here's where to get yours

Democracy sausage: Here's where to get yours

Map shows where you can get your election democracy sausage

REPLAY: Palaszczuk v Frecklington in final debate

REPLAY: Palaszczuk v Frecklington in final debate

Annastacia Palaszczuk v Deb Frecklington in final election debate

Alleged rape victim to be cross-examined in Roma court

Premium Content Alleged rape victim to be cross-examined in Roma court

LAWYERS have applied for an alleged rape victim to be cross-examined at a Roma...