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Friday, September 03, 2010

"Carefully modelled by NATSEM"?

In a further embarrassment for the Coalition over costings the National Centre for Economic Modelling at the University of Canberra distanced itself from claims it had helped model the policies.

"We never spoke to the Coalition," said NATSEM director Alan Duncan. "We did work for the Parliamentary Library that the Coalition may have asked for, but we had no relationship with the Coalition itself."

Tony Abbott and Coalition finance spokesman Andrew Robb had claimed their work had been "carefully modelled by NATSEM".

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