More Greens policies costed than Labor, Coalition
THE Greens submitted 39 policies to be costed in the 16 days since the election was called earlier this month, compared to five from Labor and none from the Coalition.
Treasury's http://www.electioncostings.gov.au website logs the requests and status of election costing requests made by the government, opposition or minor political parties with more than five members.
Voters can visit the site to see for themselves how each of the party's policies stack up on paper.
For the first time the Parliamentary Budget Office is also available to cost election pledges made by parties or any MPs seeking re-election.
The Greens' submitted their policies with the PBO last Wednesday, with all but eight already costed.
Senior Opposition figures, including shadow treasurer Joe Hockey and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, have promised to release the Coalition's policy costings in the final week of the campaign.
It comes as Mr Abbott continues to face questions about the cost of his party's $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme, which is not listed on either the PBO or election costings websites.
While part of the scheme would be funded with a 1.5% levy on big business, it has come to light this week the states would also be expected to chip in.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett this week described the scheme as "probably .. too generous" and indicated his state would not be contributing any extra money, while New South Wales and Queensland each backed the scheme on Tuesday on the condition there was no net cost increase to the states.
Mr Abbott told reporters the states would not be asked to contribute additional funding, and assured voters the policy - which would introduce a 26-week replacement wage scheme for women earning up to $150,000 per year - had been "absolutely fully costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office".
APN Newsdesk has confirmed the PBO costed the policy, but because it did so before the election was called it has not been posted on its election costings website.
In May the PBO was forced to issue a statement in response to a media report claiming it had costed the PPL at $5 billion per year.
PBO officer Phil Bowen refused to confirm at the time if the costing quoted in the story had come from the PBO, saying that had "prepared a number of costings in this policy area for different parliamentarians" but could "only confirm costings that have been publicly released by the political party or parliamentarian for whom the costing was prepared".