For all the wrack and ruin that we faced under the previous government, the Abbott government seems to be in no hurry to get rolling. There is no urgency to anything they have done. To be sure they may be following a stave the 24-hour media beast policy in an attempt to make us relaxed and comfortable or some such thing.
I suspect, however, that isn’t the case.
Two things have caught my eye this morning. First a letter in the AFR:
Once again we see Joe Hockey presenting as an economic rationalist in America, speaking against government debt, the evils of the welfare state and calling for an end to the entitlement mentality. The contrast with the Australian version of the Treasurer couldn’t be greater. Here he is already talking about good debt and bad debt and the wisdom of borrowing more to fund infrastructure development.
At home Mr Hockey is the king of middle-class welfare, supporting the world’s most generous paid parental leave scheme. The new government is talking about restoring generous superannuation concessions and as its signature reform is promising to use taxpayer funds to pay business to stop polluting instead of charging them via the carbon tax for polluting.
Not that I support the carbon tax or direct action either.
THERE is high level Coalition support for a broad ranging judicial inquiry into the union movement – and Michael Williamson’s guilty plea in relation to the Health Services Union adds to the momentum.
Senior Government figures argue there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to exploit public disgust over corrupt union officials and expose the entire movement to a royal commission.
No decisions have been taken – and Prime Minister Tony Abbott is yet to be convinced of the merits of such a probe.
Looks to me that the Abbott government needs to grow a pair. Right now it lacks the strength of its convictions. There should already be a Royal Commission into union corruption and a royal commission into the policy decisions that lead to drownings at sea. The commission of audit should have already been at work looking to cut government spending.
To remind ourselves of the problem we face: