Australian Conservatives South Australian MLC Rob Brokenshire says he has confidentiality concerns about the dedicated and 'independent' office for political candidates to cost their campaign policies, saying the office's opening was far too late to be of much use.
As The Advertiser newspaper reports in Adelaide today, the Parliamentary Budget Advisory Service opened last month but Australian Conservatives, the Liberals and SA Best have all expressed fears that details of policy ideas they submit could eventually be leaked to Labor.
The Liberals and SA Best say they will not use the service which has received only 22 policies for costing to date, most believed to be from the Greens.
Notwithstanding the privacy and confidentiality concerns, so close to the March state election, it is fair to say the electoral horses have already bolted.
The South Australian service is modelled on the Parliamentary Budget Office used by many parties and independents in federal parliament. That office was established during the 'new paradigm' Gillard minority government era at the behest of independents.