ACTU counts on Shorten to change the rules, AER on Turnbull

Today in The Australian

Were there a prize for the slogan that best captures the spirit of the age, it would surely go to the ACTU’s “Change the Rules!”

Stingy bosses? “Change the Rules!” Mean-minded bankers? “Change the Rules!” Spiking electricity prices? “Change the Rules!”



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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14 Responses to ACTU counts on Shorten to change the rules, AER on Turnbull

  1. stackja

    BS needs unions. MT enamored of Paris.

  2. Mak Siccar

    Excellent article by Henry that exposes the hypocrisy of politicians of both colours. A pox on the lot of them.

  3. iamok

    Need access to superannuation funds? Change the rules. Need to jaunt across the world on the taxpayers or union members’ fees? Abuse the rules. Business as usual.

  4. Rae

    Change the rules.

    Every government, whether Labor or Coalition, does so in favour of its own backers and constituency.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Union mafia corruption ? Change the rules , jailing corrupt politicans and union officials ? Change the rules . Making politics a career? Change the rules . Keeping quiet about African gangs ? Change the rules . The senate blocking your plans ? Change the rules . We could go on and on changing rules ,putting up the price of beer ?change the rules .

  6. MPH

    Rae, would love to see examples of the Liberals doing anything for their constituents while they’ve been in government…

  7. billie

    I ‘ll vote Labor, might as well do some good for the world and get rid of Turnbull

    Whether Labor is in or not, the same corruption goes on.

  8. RobK

    Henry’s article is a good one and very disturbing. The same rot set in with private property rights 1-2 decades ago in relation to land clearing in particular and development generally .

  9. Habib

    Every government, whether Labor or Coalition, does so in favour of its own backers and constituency. The SFLP has been bumming its backers and constituency since ditching Abbott, without an offer of a reach-around or even any lube. Prior to that they were just indulging in a bit of frottage, upskirting and dogging. Labor does a blowbang on the unions, except for the CPSU who it knows is a pathetic gimp who’ll line up for more no matter how humiliated it gets. Either way we end up rooted, the only variance is the orifice.

  10. Bruce

    I’m regularly reminded of the words of C. S. Lewis:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good, will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    See also Bertolt Brecht:

    “Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment. Those, for whom the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill, speak to the hungry, of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss, call ruling difficult, for ordinary folk. “

  11. Who was it that said ‘Whatever it takes’?

  12. Slayer of Memes

    Bull Shitten not the popular choice of the Labor membership to take over as federal ALP leader from Kevin Rudd? CHANGE THE RULES!

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