One more time, can the friends of the ALP who drop in to visit here please advise (1) what they think the Party should do address the issues of debt and productivity? And (2) what criteria they think should be applied to determine the cuts in existing programs that will be required to fund the dental scheme, the disability scheme, the school education reforms and the NBN?
I am especially interested to see what hammycar has got to offer in addition to predictions about polling figures, and of course the thoughts of various Steves and others.
Update. Montster has legitimately complained about being left out. I apologize without reservation.
Another update. hammycar called for more debt to fund spending on essential infrastructure. But of course we have already gone into debt (from a very strong position) by spending on pink batts and school halls. We have recently learned that “iconic” structures like halls trumped things that you might have regarded as essentials like repairs to toilet blocks and in some cases classroms that the schools and the local communities wanted. [In some states the locals had more say than in others].
The re-development of the Royal North Shore Hospital is reputed to be a billion over-spent (under the previous ALP administration). That meant that the incoming Coalition cannot honour a promise to spend 250 Mil each on three other hospital upgrades.
Do the ALP supporters acknowledge the extent of waste and mismanagement that has occurred under ALP administration in the states and in the current Federal body?