If [NSW premier Mike] Baird wants to find more health funding, there are other measures he could look at [rather than lobby for an increased GST]. He could get rid of the upper house, he could get rid of a third of his ministers, he could get rid of a third of his departments.
We still have 330,000 state bureaucrats. You get no argument from me that we should not cut frontline police, nurses, teachers, child case workers. But I do have an issue with not cutting deeper into the cardigan-wearers.
Baird is asking local councils to amalgamate — a strategy I agree with. Perhaps he could also act to make state government smaller.
Yes – spend the billions of dollars that you already have more wisely.