COTA welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the Senate Inquiry into the Abbott budget cuts. COTA understands that various groups are lobbying hard for changes to the budget and the final outcome of this activity is not yet known. Our comments are therefore focused on the situation at the time of writing.
COTA believes a review of budget cuts and their impact is valuable. However, the lack of consultation and the surprise nature of many budget measures will require further comprehensive analysis of the impact of budget once lobbying for change is complete and measures are passed, or not, by the Senate.
In this submission COTA has addressed sequentially those terms of reference on which we comment.