Andrew Wilkie, The Budget & Tasmania: Federal disinterest meets State Government incompetence … … This budget is especially disappointing for Tasmania. There’s no money for the UTas STEM project, no money for light rail, no money for the new Bridgewater Bridge and no money for water infrastructure. Tonight’s budget goes to show that Canberra doesn’t really care about Tasmania, and that the Tasmanian State Government has failed miserably to do its job to make the case with its Liberal Party colleagues for much greater investment. …

TasCOSS: Response to Federal Budget “What we were told was this was a budget about fairness, opportunity, and security but on first reading what we have found is that if you are Tasmanian, vulnerable or unwell then you can expect very little from your Federal Government – no fairness, less opportunity, little security …”

AEU: Federal budget confirms devastating Gonski cuts to Tasmanian schools

NUS: No fair go for young people; education gutted, welfare slashed

Tasmanian University Union: Budget is a fair deal for students

Peter Gutwein: No surprises budget welcomed

Greens: Budget fails to address major economic challenges

Light rail for Hobart: Federal Infrastructure Millions ‘Go Begging’ under Tasmanian Liberals

Rebecca White: Liberals fail to fight for Tasmania’s fair share

Rodney Croome: Advocates slam Budget nod to Plebiscite …

Craig Farrell: Hodgman Government fails again to sway Canberra for crucial roads funding

Cassy O’Connor: Federal Budget Fails Tasmania

Ross Hart: Budget disappointment for Northern Tasmania

Brian Mitchell: Lyons loses out in Budget 2017

Scott Bacon: Budget fizzer for Tasmanian tourism

AEU: Federal Government schools calculator reveals Tasmanian cuts and unfairness

Helen Polley: Tasmanian Liberals have no influence in Canberra

Andrea Dawkins: No Funds for Launceston Stormwater and Sewerage in Federal Budget

Rosalie Woodruff: Tasmanian Health Forgotten in Federal Budget

Cassy O’Connor: Federal Budget Funds Sexual Abuse Redress Scheme, State Must Follow

THE MEDIA’s verdict …

Guardian, Federal budget 2017: Morrison hits banks with $6bn tax rise and promises ‘better days ahead’ • Treasurer funds NDIS and unveils plans to improve housing affordability. • High-tax, high-spend budget aims to bury Tony Abbott’s political legacy. • Budget summary at a glance: winners and losers

First Dog on the Moon, Guardian: First Dog on the Moon’s big day at the 2017 budget Is it mean and tricky? Yes it is. It gives Scomo a lot of smoke and mirrors to work with – and drug-testing welfare recipients is pretty cold

Mercury: Scant benefit for Tasmanian infrastructure projects in Federal Budget

Fairfax: Federal budget 2017: winners and losers from public service workplace change Budget’s war on drugs as Treasurer Scott Morrison warns welfare recipients: ‘It’s a two-way street’

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie apart from a few years elsewhere in Oz, and in Pomland where he had a brief stint as a youth worker and where for five years he edited ‘Buzz’ – a magazine dealing with church and social issues and which was beaten in audit circulation only by the Specialist Interest category of Aero Modeller magazine …!