Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner says he will be eyeing commitments made by the Howard Government through last year’s election campaign as he looks to cut costs ahead of the May Federal Budget.

Here’s what the Howard Government promised. In November.

We can supply the rest of the 2007 list on request. Tomorrow: what Labor promised.

November 2007

  • $100 million for Hobart’s Midland Highway.
  • $50 million to a major geothermal power project in South Australia.
  • $20 million for solar thin film technology in the Hunter Valley.
  • $340 million over three years for urban water projects that promote stormwater reuse.
  • $560 million for forest sector skills training.
  • $36 million top develop nationally consistent penalties for all illicit drug offences.
  • $400,000 to the Ipswich Hockey Association for an upgrade of their facilities.
  • $30 million Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.
  • $15 million to create two new conservation reserves on Commonwealth land in western Sydney.
  • $250 million for aged care beds.
  • $360,000 for ten CCTV cameras in Chapel Street, Melbourne.
  • $100 million to construct the Coonabarabran Bypass.
  • $350,000 to restore the grandstand at the Dubbo Showground.
  • $50 million to help deliver additional environmental flows for the Snowy River.
  • $1 million towards the construction of an amenities block, improved lighting and fencing for Harris Creek Oval, Moorebank.
  • $10 million National Aquaculture Development Strategy to boost the value of aquaculture in Australia.
  • $4 million Environmental Recognition Fund to assist the Australian seafood industry.
  • $7.9 million for a full buyout of non-islander licences in the Torres Strait fin fishery.
  • $7.9 million to increase islanders’ share of the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery.
  • $600,000 to encourage the development of a broad based and inclusive national seafood industry peak body.
  • $9 million Regional Airline Pilot Scholarship Scheme.
  • $1.635 million from the Structural Adjustment Fund for South Australia to Redarc.
  • $50,000 to Bendigo Art Gallery. 
  • $10 million towards the upgrade of Wanneroo Road, Perth.
  • $375,000 towards a new premises for local community Christian radio station 98.5 Sonshine FM. 
  • $9 million to extend and expand the successful Food Processing in Regional Australia Program.
  • $6 million for provision of agricultural and veterinary chemicals to specialist producers.
  • $15 million to support the National Livestock Identification System.
  • $6 million to maintain existing horticultural markets.
  • $11 million to establish Export Partnerships.
  • $10 million to establish the Expanding Australian Food and Beverage Exports Program.
  • $15 million for pest and feral animal control and eradication.
  • $30 million to the Defeating the Weed Menace program.
  • $1.6 billion Tax Free Home Saver Accounts.
  • $6.3 billion refundable tax rebate of 40 per cent for education.
  • $500 million for Community Infrastructure Projects Program.
  • $100 million Streamlining Residential Approvals Program.
  • $12 million scheme to help young adults achieve their financial goals.
  • $223.5 million for respite care.
  • $14 million for new teachers’ summer school.
  • $652.4 million for capital funding to build or extend 35 child care centres.
  • $45 million capped for of Stage 4B of the Geelong Ring Road.
  • $82 million for dedicated children’s television channel.
  • $50 million to veterans support.
  • $5 million for Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre.
  • $6 million to Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) national demonstration and study. 
  • $7.2 million in funding to connect chronically ill and disabled children to a new dedicated Westmead hospital online network.
  • $9 million to provide Victorian independent and government schools with high speed broadband.
  • $1.8 million for high-dependency unit at the Noarlunga Hospital.
  • $1 million for the upgrade of facilities at the McLarenVale and Districts War Memorial Hospital.
  • $1.6 billion to upgrade South Australia’s road and rail freight network. 
  • $3 billion for Sydney’s Transport Future between now and 2014.
  • $5.2 billion to upgrade South East Queensland’s road network.
  • $250,000, which will enable the completion of the Marine Discovery Centre, Bondi.
  • $7.3 million to improve cardiac services at the Royal Darwin Hospital.
  • $433 million to establish 50 Family Emergency Medical Centres.
  • $3 million to upgrade of Cazaly Stadium in Cairns.

And lest we forget, the former PM’s orangutan pledge:

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