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Luke Foley's Budget Reply Was A Gift To the Government

It was always going to be a hard task to respond to a budget with short term sugar hits for almost everyone.

As the government basks in the afterglow of a budget packed full of pre-election giveaways, Thursday should've been the day for the Opposition to claw back some of the spotlight.

But by the looks of the benches in the bear pit during question time, the energy and momentum are firmly on the side of the government.

One by one, the government mocked the leader of the Opposition for what the Treasurer Dominic Perrottet described as the "lifeless, lacklustre, lethargic letdown by low energy Luke".

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet hands down the state budget at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday. Image: AAP

Labor leader Luke Foley earlier delivered his budget reply speech, promising to "stop the sell offs", and he turned up the heat on air conditioning classrooms by pledging $800 million to cool all public schools and committed to setting up six clinics across the state for rehab for severe ice addicts.

It was always going to be a hard task to respond to a budget with short term sugar hits for almost everyone, especially given it's been branded a "Labor budget" but his speech failed to rouse his side as much as he needed it to.

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Opposition Leader Luke Foley promised to "stop the sell offs" in his budget reply.

And it was a gift for the government, with the Treasurer spinning off his own side's slogan of "building for tomorrow and delivering for today" to describe the Opposition as "reviewing tomorrow and cancelling today".

Thursday is the last sitting day for NSW parliament before a long winter break, the opposition looks like they need to use the time to fire up.