Tough love needed in the lands of the begging bowl

In The Australian today:
“Fear was all Labor offered voters in Tasmania and South Australia: fear of “cuts”, fear for jobs, fear of change. The mixed outcome, which could see Jay Weatherill cling to power, may convince the party of that message’s potency; but it is neither a credible basis for rebuilding Labor federally nor a viable ­answer to the profound difficulties Tasmania and SA face.”

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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11 Responses to Tough love needed in the lands of the begging bowl

  1. Aussieute

    Henry you have it all wrong … this whole need for cuts and resolving budget blow outs, at state or federal level, is so simple to resolve

    Believe it or not, we don’t pay enough tax — and we need to pay more
    Phil just get’s it … not sure why you can’t
    /sarc

  2. Andrew of Randwick

    From and earlier post #1226660, posted on March 16, 2014 at 7:11 am
    TASMANIA
    ALP….LP………GRN
    23…….57………12……Bass (north east corner)
    23…….59………7……..Braddon (north west corner and west coast)
    34…….38 …….22……Denison (Hobart)
    29…….50 …….17…….Franklin (south tip)
    28……..52……..11……Lyons (middle and east coast)
    .
    22% GRN in Denison = a high number of government workers (in fear of losing their jobs) plus students and hangers-on, etc (fear of losing handouts).
    .
    And note how GRN voters love Hobart and the near urban areas – not the ‘great outdoors’.

  3. entropy

    Andrew, it is a well known feature of the type that get most worked up by the trees, the reef, the Murray Darling, mining etc etc are usually inner city dwellers, even better they do not see the irony.

  4. Andrew

    Ute, maybe the Wombat Botherer is trying to help. “We cannot afford new social measures with our current tax base” is great advice. [Under our previous direction] it is inevitable that the GST will rise” is also an important warning.

  5. Up The Workers!

    Given the gerrymandered farce of the S.A. election; the 175 (“overwhelmingly Liberal”, according to the Head of the A.E.C.) votes destroyed and declared “Informal” in Tasmania; and the package of over 1,000 Liberal votes miraculously “lost” by A.E.C. staff in last year’s W.A. Senate election, the Federal Government should make it a criminal offence for members of the A.E.C. to also be members of an A.L.P.-aligned union.

    The embezzlers, brothel-crawlers, suspected rapists, frauds, druggies spouses, perverts, stand-over merchants and crims of the Labor Party would certainly object to A.E.C. staff being egregious supporters of the Liberal Party, and rightly so, so why should union membership by A.E.C. staff be tolerated?

    How “impartial” can a member of the A.E.C. be, if he or she is known to be financially contributing (whether willingly or otherwise) to the wallet-fattening, self-enrichment activities of some trough-snouting Labor crook?

  6. handjive

    As South Australia is a manufacturing state, these links will be relevant.

    March 17, 2014

    Labor pushes for inquiry into decline of manufacturing

    BUT, JUNE 30, 2011

    Treasury reference modelling showed that without a carbon(sic) tax, manufacturing was expected to grow more slowly than the rest of the economy, by about half a per cent annually to 2020 in real terms.

    . . .
    Obviously the carbon(sic) tax wasn’t high enough.
    GreenLaboUr should have doubled the carbon(sic) tax to help save manufacturing.
    You know it makes sense.

  7. stackja

    Andrew of Randwick
    #1227641, posted on March 17, 2014 at 6:49 am
    And note how GRN voters love Hobart and the near urban areas – not the ‘great outdoors’.

    Outdoors are so primitive.

  8. .

    Believe it or not, we don’t pay enough tax — and we need to pay more

    This is like a doctor prescribing patients to get sick, smoke, drink and share needles.

    Utter bullshit.

  9. Andrew of Randwick, what no soy lattes in the bush?, no wi fi either. how emotionally draining

  10. Squirrel

    The statistics quoted for SA and Tasmania in Henry’s article are truly lamentable, and shameful – I hope there will be some hard thinking, as a result, about federalism.

  11. Tom

    I neglected to simply add my thanks, Henry. You ability to keep digging up facts that most others miss is inspiring for someone who has spent a lifetime in the journalism business.

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