Last week we saw the ABC report information that embarrassed the government. I have no doubt that the motivation for the spying on Indonesia story was to cruel relationships between Canberra and Jakarta leading to a decline in cooperation on boat people and the collapse of Abbott government policy. So far they have managed to get away with it.
This week we see the ACCC moving to increase petrol prices. Coles and Woolworths will be ‘voluntarily’ capping their petrol dockets – that’s code for caving in to some or other ACCC standover tactic. So just before the big Christmas shop prices will be rising – not due to private decision making, but because some bureaucrat doesn’t like lower prices for consumers.
It’s not the bureaucrat that’s going to wear the consequences though. Quite rightly, the Abbott government will be blamed. When you are the government and out-of-control bureaucrats make decisions like this, it is your decision. So unless the Minister who has oversight of the ACCC picks up the phone and reverses this decision, it will be the Abbott governments problem.
No doubt, next week some other government agency will step up and belt the Abbott government for good measure.