Treasurer Gutwein reckons even after factoring in all the promises made during the election campaign there will still be surplus totalling $104 million over the next four years.
"The key thing here is that we have arrived at a modest surplus to provide for a buffer moving forward," he was reported as saying.
Mr Gutwein forgot to mention the skinny surplus each year is solely because of the $40 million special dividend received annually from TTLine.
As explained in the last blog profits don’t imply cash surpluses. Now we have Mr Gutwein trying to tell us there is still a buffer when the tiny profits which he calls surpluses are due entirely to transfers that are locked away and can only be used to fund vessel replacements.
Take away the TTLine transfers and even the paper profits disappear.