There are many out there who think that Peta Credlin is the next Liberal/Conservative political messiah. Sorry folks, but TAFKAS does not share your thinking and never has.
Apart from the the obvious that politics is a “team sport” where success requires more than a glorious leader, there is a difference between words and deeds. A big difference.
In a speech that read like a campaign launch, replete with support for all the government’s key constituencies, it was the oft-repeated refrain “all without increasing taxes” that highlighted where Coalition strategists want to fight the coming electoral battle.
All without increasing taxes. Really. How about this table from the Budget Papers:
Can anyone spot a single year in the budget and forward estimates that taxes are not increasing? A single year. Anyone?
Perhaps Ms Credlin (and the government) are being either sloppy or sneaky with their language really trying to say that tax rates were not increasing. But that’s not true either. There are indexed taxes (such as fuel) and there are plenty of taxes by another name (fees, charges, levies, cost recovery) that are going up a-plenty.
To suggest that yesterday’s budget was a “Liberal” one requires a different definition of the word Liberal. Perhaps a definition along the lines of a Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Liberal.
No doubt yesterday’s budget was more conservative than what would have been delivered by the Labor party, but that is not a claim to fame. As Thomas Sowell said:
I prefer disaster to catastrophe.