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WA mid-year review a 'sham': Opposition

AAP logoAAP 27/12/2016

The WA government has been "dodgy" with its mid-year review because several financial decisions are yet to be included in the official budget figures, the opposition says.

But the premier insists there is nothing unusual about the way the mid-year review has been prepared.

Shadow treasurer Ben Wyatt says the state government is taking its "fully funded, fully costed lie" of the 2013 election campaign to a new level.

"Of course it's a budget sham," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"We now have a mid-year review that only refers to partial amounts of government commitments that have gone through the cabinet process with the rest - the significant part of that spending - to be deferred to a future cabinet meeting.

"What that means is that the government no longer has a document that reflects the full nature of the commitments that it has made."

Mr Wyatt said the public had been presented with a deceitful and dodgy mid-year review.

"I certainly hope the pre-election financial projections statement released by the Treasury is a much more honest document than this one," he said.

But Premier Colin Barnett said the mid-year review was not a budget.

"All it is is an updating of the accounts after six months of the 2016/17 budget and the cut-off date for the mid-year review is mid November," he told reporters.

"That is the way the mid-year review is constructed every year - it has always been done that way."

Mr Barnett said the decisions made since the cut-off included $14 million towards facilities for public servants at Perth Airport to accommodate non-stop flights to London, and the $45 million housing stimulus measure announced on Tuesday.

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