CANBERRA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Australian opposition on Thursday released the costing figures if elected, two days before the polling day.
The costing figures were released by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb.
Hockey announced another 9 billion AU dollars (almost 8.21 billion US dollars) tranche of savings, on top of the 31.6 billion AU dollars (almost 28.84 billion US dollars) worth announced last week.
And he also announced 33 billion AU dollars (almost 30.12 billion US dollars) of proposed expenditure, and said the budget bottom line would be improved by 6 billion AU dollars (almost 5.48 billion US dollars) under a coalition government.
According to Hockey, the coalition will make some 40 billion AU dollars (almost 36.51 billion US dollars) of savings, if it wins the federal election.
"Only the coalition will live within its means and get Australia back on the path of strong economic growth," Hockey and Robb confirmed in a statement Thursday.
"We've confirmed that all of our policies are fully funded and the net effect will be a 16 billion (almost 14.6 billion US dollars) reduction in debt, a 6 billion improvement in the budget bottom line, and an increase in jobs and growth," Robb said.
According to this figures, the plan adds a small number of savings to a list unveiled last week but stops far short of Kevin Rudd's estimate of 70 billion AU dollars (almost 63.89 billion US dollars) in coalition cuts, one of the central claims in his campaign against a change of government.
But local media said that the opposition Leader Tony Abbott faced questions Wednesday about whether he was treating voters with "scorn" by giving them only 48 hours before polling day to evaluate the details of his policies.