Shovel ready projects … again

Historically governments make an effort to create new shovel-ready projects to stimulate an economy after a crisis. You know … knock down perfectly good school halls and then rebuild them.  Set fire to people’s houses …

That is so 2009.

Construction will be key to helping Victoria recover from the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic, premier Daniel Andrews says.

The Premier said on Monday big construction jobs across the state would become more important than ever.

“These construction jobs have always been important to me, and now they are more important than ever for every single Victorian,” he said.

“We have the biggest construction program in the state’s history, and it will need to get bigger once this crisis is over as we push out of what is a really significant shock to our economy.”

Mr Andrews said while the state had suffered “unavoidable damage” to the economy “construction will be a very big part to the recovery from the coronavirus crisis.”

Yep – Daniel Andrews reckons pre-announced, already commenced, money already spent, construction projects will re-animate an economy his own policies have placed into a coma.

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20 Responses to Shovel ready projects … again

  1. Tim Neilson

    The only shovel-ready things in the state are the public announcements by the Hunchback and his minions.

  2. Fred

    One of the lessons of the Wuhan flu is that high density populations are more susceptible.

    That won’t stop the big Australia crowd wanting to cram more people into Melbourne. And Dan can shovel more money into the hands of big business and big unions with construction projects.

  3. a happy little debunker

    Shovel ready projects = shovelling your money from the floors of the stable into a nearby furnace.
    They just be like – burning your shit up!

  4. Pyrmonter

    Mere waste of taxpayers’ money may be too much to hope for. It seems our leaders – across the spectrum, from the New Daily to Littleproud – are bent on reviving Fortress Australia – the land in which you paid 4 times as much for a t-shirt as anyone on a main street in the US or high street in the UK.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coronavirus-triggers-australian-self-sufficiency-push-20200412-p54j5q.html

  5. Pyrmonter

    @ iamok

    Well, the CFMMEU and its well connected friends in the construction sector – LendLease, Multiplex, John Holland (now part of a Chinese state-owned conglomerate).

  6. Tezza

    Construction projects for the CFMMEU, to take up the role of private industry destroyed by Andrews’ deployment of Covid hysteria to shut down the private sector. Victorian voters must be total idiots.

  7. max

    Thomas Sowell:

    If increased government spending with borrowed or newly created money is a ‘stimulus,’ then the Weimar Republic should have been stimulated to unprecedented prosperity, instead of runaway inflation and widespread economic desperation that ultimately brought Adolf Hitler to power.

    Henry Hazlitt:

    When government “spending” seems to stimulate, it’s because we’re not seeing its redistributive nature. If government spends more, then there is precisely that much less spending done by those from whom the money is taken. If the government spends more and borrows to pay for it instead of raising taxes, then it’s today’s capital market that is smaller precisely to the extent government spending is bigger.

  8. Davey Boy

    Long serving Labor Premiers in NSW (think Wran 1976-86 and Carr 1995-2005) knew when to go, they got out when the going was good and in such a way that their legacies weren’t going to be tarnished by any obvious scandals that might have been seen to have caused their exits.

    If Dan the Man (Premier since 2014) follows the pattern he’ll be around until about 2024 before he decides to make a ‘graceful’ exit.

    Good luck, people of Victoria.

  9. Mark M

    “Screwdriver ready” was one exclamation from a politician.
    Yeah, we’re being screwed.
    We get it.

  10. Fair Shake

    Just need to borrow more Billions from the CCP and all problems solved.

  11. Iampeter

    I recommend they knock down the mothballed desalinization plant and rebuild it.

  12. nfw

    Wow, construction work. I wonder if any union bosses would support that? Reminds me of all those ghost cities in China.

  13. H B Bear

    Couldn’t The Hunchback just spend another billion not to build a road like usual?

  14. H B Bear

    Government by the CFMMEU for the CFMMEU.

    Democracy. Good and hard.

  15. John A

    CFMMEU
    Can we Find More Money for Egregious, Useless projects?

  16. notafan

    Dan could build a tunnel to link the eastern and western suburbs.

    He could call after himself.

    The Dropkick Dan Billion Dollar Man Memorial Tunnel.

  17. Cynic of Ayr

    Ah, the Unions have been in to the Hunchback’s office for a cuppa ‘n’ a chat!
    All paid for with fines!
    Pet fines. Traffic fines. Default fines. Jaywalking fines. Social distancing fines. Social closeness fines. Critical of the Government fines. Noise fines.
    The list will be endless!
    Then, Taxes!
    A tax for owning a house. A tax for not owning a house, i.e. rent tax. A restaurant tax. Supermarket tax. Dog tax. Cat tax. Walking dog/cat tax. Driving tax. Fuel tax.
    The list will be endless!

  18. Crossie

    “We have the biggest construction program in the state’s history, and it will need to get bigger once this crisis is over as we push out of what is a really significant shock to our economy.”

    I bet this building frenzy will not include any power stations.

  19. Crossie

    If government spends more, then there is precisely that much less spending done by those from whom the money is taken. If the government spends more and borrows to pay for it instead of raising taxes, then it’s today’s capital market that is smaller precisely to the extent government spending is bigger.

    There are already suggestion on talk shows that the GST must be increased to 15% to pay for this deficit and thus save this economy. All the clever people keep forgetting the extra 5% is that much less for the buyers but hey, we’re all in this together.

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