The 2015 Federal Budget represents a capitulation by the government to the ALP and the Senate and builds a populist base for the next election.
Privatising assets didn’t cost Newman his election. Ignoring basic politics did.
The Queensland Labor Party went to last year’s election without a credible fiscal strategy. This is our assessment at the time. We will update our position after the treasurer delivers his budget on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Queensland-based policy think tank the Australian Institute of Progress, has called for a truthful election campaign, saying the choices facing Queenslanders were too important to permit political fictions and misinformation.
Des Houghton has a magnificent write-up of the AIP in Saturday’s Courier Mail entitled “Free radicals rally to Australian Institute for Progress to challenge the Left“. And in case you can’t read it because it is behind a paywall, we’ve uploaded it here (pdf 1.8mb).
Labor oppositions campaigning against the privatisation of assets by state and federal governments should think again. It’s in their political and economic interests to allow them to proceed.
It’s not Joe Hockey’s “leaners” Australians need to fear, it’s the new breed of economic “levellers” who believe that to make an economy work better you just need to dial down levels of inequality.
If you want to know how the left in Australia thinks, then check out Twitter. It will also explain the slow degradation of Australian political reporting into gotcha exposes and personal slurs.