Lucky country no more

This sort of thing is always news to politicians, most of the community and to almost all economists: The Economy Doesn’t Need Government ‘Help’ To Reopen.

Governments don’t create economies. It’s not only beyond their legitimate functions, it’s beyond their abilities. They need to stay out of the way and let the wisdom of markets steer us back to normal.

“The wisdom of markets!” Do you think Dangerous Dan Andrews would have any idea what that means? There are many others I would ask that same question of but will leave it there. Because this is the reality that comes in the very next sentence after.

But some officials see an opening through which they can drive their big government dreams.

These people are incompetent to direct an economy. Or let me put it this way. THESE PEOPLE ARE INCOMPETENT TO DIRECT AN ECONOMY. This is Daniel Andrews bio from Wikipedia.

Andrews was born in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, to Bob Andrews (1950–2016) and Jan (born 1944). In 1983 his family moved to Wangaratta, where he was educated at the Marist Brothers‘ Galen Catholic College.[1] Andrews moved back to Melbourne in 1990 to attend Monash University, where he was a resident of Mannix College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and classics in 1996. After graduating, Andrews became an electorate officer for federal Labor MP Alan Griffin. He worked at the party’s head office from 1999 to 2002, initially as an organiser, and then as assistant state secretary.

Following his election to parliament in the Legislative Assembly seat of Mulgrave at the 2002 election, Andrews was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Health in the Steve Bracks Labor government. Following the 2006 election, Andrews was appointed to the Cabinet, becoming Minister for Gaming, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs. In 2007, Andrews became Minister for Health in the John Brumby Labor government….

Brumby resigned as leader of the Victorian Labor Party following the Labor defeat at the 2010 election, after 11 years of Labor governments. On 3 December 2010, Andrews was elected Victorian Labor Party leader, becoming Leader of the Opposition in Victoria.

At the [2014] election, Labor gained seven seats for a total of 47, a majority of two.

And thus Daniel Andrews, economic cypher but socialist extrordinare became premier. And now he not only guides Victoria right towards the rocks, but he is signalling the way for the Feds to do the same. Shall I mention Scott Morrison and his career. Why not?

Morrison was born in Sydney and studied economic geography at the University of New South Wales. He worked as director of the New Zealand Office of Tourism and Sport from 1998 to 2000 and was managing director of Tourism Australia from 2004 to 2006. Morrison was also state director of the New South Wales Liberal Party from 2000 to 2004. He was later elected to the House of Representatives at the 2007 election, representing the Division of Cook in New South Wales.

Etc etc. And just how on top of things is our PM? The news just in: Scott Morrison to push for WHO to be given ‘weapons inspector powers’.

Australia will push for the World Health Organisation to be given the powers of an international “weapons inspector” that would be mandated to enter a country without invitation to trace the source of outbreaks in any future pandemics.

It is believed that Scott Morrison raised the idea with world leaders over the past several days while seeking a consensus for reform of the organisation be given priority and should not wait for any review or investigation into COVID-19 pandemic which could take as long as five years.

It is believed that Scott Morrison raised the idea with world leaders over the past several days while seeking a consensus for reform of the organisation be given priority and should not wait for any review or investigation into COVID-19 pandemic which could take as long as five years.

Let me add that after all this disruption, the most useful way to get us back to something like how things only so recently were is not to disrupt markets any further but just let conditions work themselves out on their own. Gently, gently. Thus we have the Head of the RBA coming up with this:

Handing down a detailed assessment of the damage being wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Lowe warned that the nation could not rely on a quick return to a pre-coronavirus economy and suggested long-ignored calls for income, consumption and land tax reform, as well as stripping regulations that stifle innovation, would need to be revived.

Does no one in charge know how to run an economy any more?

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51 Responses to Lucky country no more

  1. Leo G

    Now, landsmen all, whoever you may be
    If you want to rise to the top of the tree
    If your soul isn’t fettered to an office stool
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule
    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea
    And you all may be Rulers of the Queen’s Navy
    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea
    And you all may be Rulers of the Queen’s Navy

  2. lily

    Morrison was also state director of the New South Wales Liberal Party from 2000 to 2004. Where he also helped Turnbull win the seat of Wentworth.

  3. Robber Baron

    They are all Marxists Steve. MPs should be selected randomly from the telephone directory in that way they would be more representative of the electorate.

    Btw, Andrews is known as #BeijingDan on Twitter for obvious reasons.

  4. Rohan

    Four Bin Dan took 7 years to finish an Arts degree? What a dunce.

    We’re so fucked.

  5. C.L.

    Australia will push for the World Health Organisation to be given the powers of an international “weapons inspector” that would be mandated to enter a country without invitation to trace the source of outbreaks in any future pandemics.

    WTF?
    That’s what the idiot takes from the bug crisis – that we need corrupt WHOvians lobbing here whenever it suits them?

  6. 2dogs

    The present recession fits none of the Monetarist, Austrian, nor Keynesian models of the business cycle.

    Why does the government imagine that any approach from any of these models would work in addressing it?

    Where do they think this hysteresis would be coming from?

  7. TBH

    The two examples highlight the issue with our political class: they’re mostly career politicians and usually got their start in the boring and tawdry world of student politics when undergrads. Few of them have ever worked a day in their lives.

  8. nb

    China to be given ‘weapons inspector powers’. What will go wrong?

  9. Crossie

    We are governed, or more accurately ruled, by knaves and fools,

  10. Mark M

    Obviously a tax to rid us of covid19 is needed, or do those taxes only work on global warming?

  11. Tel

    That’s what the idiot takes from the bug crisis – that we need corrupt WHOvians lobbing here whenever it suits them?

    ScoMo promptly goes about making himself useful to his new masters.

  12. nfw

    Morrison thinks he’s Churchill but is actually channelling Chamberlain. Politicians are basically all the same and up each other. Two of the good things about Donald Trump is he is neither a professional political operative nor a bloody lawyer. Morrison goes on about the “Anzac Spirit” but has never worn a uniform. Just another mindless hypocrite who is out of his depth sucking up to the totalitarians.

  13. Steve

    Dandergous Dan is well named.

    Communists appear to live to wreck things. They are fools in the extreme.

    The Devil needs a ready supply of gullible fools….

  14. rickw

    Governments don’t create economies. It’s not only beyond their legitimate functions, it’s beyond their abilities. They need to stay out of the way and let the wisdom of markets steer us back to normal.

    Economies and all that they entail exist despite Government, not because of it.

  15. H B Bear

    The Hunchbach, another politician straight from uni to party hack.

    Life experience = 0 days total

  16. Nob

    I thought I read Dan was educated at “Marxist Brothers” before I put my glasses on.

  17. Nob

    Pretty much no independent business person will go into politics these days, so we’re left with lifetime union and state bureaucrats and political activists.

    They have no way of telling when they’re killing the Golden Goose since they don’t even know by what animal or how the golden eggs are made, let alone which end they come out.

  18. Robber Baron

    7 years for an Arts degree at Monash is quite an achievement. He sure took his time.

  19. Fair Shake of the Sauce Bottle

    So Black Bean Dan went to a Catholic High School and yet has a hatred for Pell.
    Was he wronged at some point? And is he just a k @nt?

  20. rickw

    7 years for an Arts degree at Monash is quite an achievement. He sure took his time.

    He’s as dumb as fuck, what did you expect!

    I’m highly disappointed with McDonalds Australia. Their job is to soak up arts graduates like Dickhead Dan and give the a job in society where they can do a minimum of damage.

  21. rickw

    So Black Bean Dan went to a Catholic High School and yet has a hatred for Pell.
    Was he wronged at some point? And is he just a k @nt?

    Reports from Wangaratta indicate the latter.

  22. yarpos

    Governments in general just need to keep out of the way

  23. Boambee John

    Crossie
    #3424229, posted on April 22, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    We are governed, or more accurately ruled, by knaves and fools,

    Who every day prove the continuing truth of Donald Horne’s comment about Australia being governed by “second rate people”!

  24. BorisG

    Scott Morrison is fine. Not ideal but certainly better than Steve Kates. We voted for them and will vote for them again. And the losers will still whine, both right and left.

    And btw if someone lives in Melbourne they have state government they deserve.

  25. Lutz

    Weapons inspectors worked out well in Iraq and Iran.

  26. mem

    Morrison is a UN and WHO snuffle dog. Perhaps he learned about them in primary school, thought they were wonderful and hasn’t bothered to get up to speed since. Please help us with these naive morons running the country. I despair.

  27. duncanm

    income, consumption and land tax reform, as well as stripping regulations that stifle innovation

    its a great opportunity/excuse to actually do this properly.

    But it won’t happen.

  28. Hay Stockard

    People used to pray to be spared from the Mongols.
    Now we should pray to be spared from these mongrels.

  29. NoFixedAddress

    We need A Green New Deal.

  30. BorisG

    AUSTRALIA IS A LUCKY COUNTRY. Incredibly lucky to have such a sane government and only a few morons like some Cats (but a bigger number of leftist morons, unfortunately).

    https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/new-covid-deaths-per-million?tab=chart&time=2020-03-07..&country=AUS+DNK+ISR+ITA+ESP+SWE+GBR+USA+OWID_WRL+BEL+CAN

  31. 2dogs

    Fair point, BorisG. What Australia did right on COVID-19 was to close the borders, fully and early.

  32. win

    Scot Morrison is Turnbulls revenge.

  33. rickw

    Fair point, BorisG. What Australia did right on COVID-19 was to close the borders, fully and early.

    They closed the borders late and partially. Their inbound screening process was poor to non existent. Don’t give them credit for what they didn’t do.

  34. will

    Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise

    – Donald Horne

  35. yarpos

    “And btw if someone lives in Melbourne they have state government they deserve.”

    what petty parochial nonsense, you really think everyone voted Labor?

  36. yarpos

    “They closed the borders late and partially. Their inbound screening process was poor to non existent. Don’t give them credit for what they didn’t do.”

    All relative and subjective statements. Just because that dont meet you high standardds of hindsight doesnt make them a failure for most people. End results are better than most so far.

  37. Yeah Boris, thank god we put 20% of the workforce out of a job, whereas the vulnerable can self isolate, we did not close the borders, the government can’t make up their mind if they want herd immunity or if they want us to wear masks or send our kids to school, I am sure we are in the very best of hands.

  38. bollux

    The economy wasn’t ruined by the Chinese virus, but by the politicians response to it.

  39. Sean

    I thought we were aiming for Suppression not elimination. If no vaccine is found like SARS, then we are going to be unable to travel or allow visitors from countries without a 14 day burden long term

  40. Peter Finch, I'm Mad as Hell

    As the Lion King said “surrounded by idiots”. As the Victorian parliamentary ushers say “surrounded by idiots, one in particular.”

  41. Catcalling Inebriate

    Not wanting to be picky Steve. But did you not spend most of your career as a lobbyist in Canberra? And I think you told us once that your earlier years were characterised by a somewhat Marxist bent?
    Pots, kettles, etc?

  42. Steve Kates:

    Let me add that after all this disruption, the most useful way to get us back to something like how things only so recently were is not to disrupt markets any further but just let conditions work themselves out on their own.

    Thank you.
    I must be on too many scroll by lists, because this is what I’ve been saying for years.
    Everybody get out of the way and let the Markets work!

  43. old bloke

    Donald Trump announced that America will be leaving the Paris Accord, Australia’s LNP Government joins the Paris Accord.

    Donald Trump announces that America will stop funding the WHO, Australia’s LNP Government says it wants an increase to the WHO’s powers.

    We do have the very worst set of politicians in this country, the very worst.

  44. NuThink

    Despite Malcolm’s Innovation and we being the Kleva country, this report ranks Australia as #22.

    https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/gii-2019-report

    Note that Switzerland is ranked #1. Of note also is that Switzerland is multicultural and multilanguage.

    The four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. All but Romansh maintain equal status as official languages at the national level within the Federal Administration of the Swiss Confederation.

    But they have one great advantage – they have an effective CIR (Citizens Initiated Referendum) in which anyone who can raise the required number of signatures can propose a new law which gets voted on and acted upon by the government. Simples. And they vote on individual issues. Voting is 4 times year. So the government is responsive and does not waste time on pointless squabbles – the people tell the government what they want and don’t lump everything into one election every few years.
    Maybe they are lucky that they don’t have raw materials except for their brains.

    So in my opinion they actually have democracy. So an individual can get a new law passed and acted upon provided they can convince enough people to sign their petition and vote for it. It also means no lame duck government during election years. Government is continuous and adapting according to the will of the people..

    It has one big disadvantage though for some – no jobs for career politicians.

  45. John A

    Does no one in charge know how to run an economy any more?

    No, and neither should they – EVER!

    Governments are not meant to “run the economy.”

    People conduct businesses, operate enterprises, provide goods and services to other people who want to pay for them. That is all.

    There is no economy to be run.

    Government is meant to be about law and order. Honesty (eg. truth in advertising, weights & measures), keeping promises (contract law), accepting responsibility (you make a mistake, you fix it, pronto), safety (safe handling of dangerous goods, restrictions on poisons, safe working, etc), orderliness (driving on the left, traffic lights, parking, maybe town planning, rubbish removal etc), and punishing wrongdoing promptly.

    Government is not supposed to be about robbing Peter to pay Paul via taxation. That means no business welfare, “picking winners” or playing favourites, in the same way as it is not meant to be about health, education or welfare for individuals and families.

  46. Cynic of Ayr

    Rudd, “I’m here as the Inspector of Virus Weapons and such.”
    SloMo, “Since when do you put in time for the WHO?”
    Rudd, “Since yesterdiddy.”
    SloMo, “OK, so, whadoyawant?”
    Rudd, “First, I am to be booked into a first class hotel, in Sydney.”
    SloMo, “OK, who pays for that?”
    Rudd, “You do! Who do you think? The Ratfuckers?”
    SloMo, “OK, for how long?”
    Rudd, “Indefinite!”
    SloMo, “Indefinite! Why indefinite?”
    Rudd, “Well, I might not find anything mightn’t I. So, I’ll need to stay until I do!”
    SloMo, “That sounds ridiculous!”
    Rudd, “You don’t know much about the way the WHO operates, do you?”
    SloMo, “Well, no, but it looks like it’s the same as the way I run our Government.”
    Rudd, “And, I will need a car. A Porsche. Two drivers. Eleven full time staff. A chef. One floor of the Hotel for my staff. I will need to fly, first class of course, back to NY every three weeks, to report.”
    SloMo, “Anything else?”
    Rudd, “You will be advised as requirements become apparent. Well, attend to my needs!”
    SloMo, “Yessir!”

  47. Mak Siccar

    Socialism good and hard in today’s Australian.

    ROSIE LEWIS
    41 MINUTES AGO | 3.31PM
    Banks forced to help struggling businesses
    Banks will be forced to prioritise lending to Australian businesses struggling to pay their workers while they wait to receive the government’s JobKeeper payments.

    Scott Morrison on Thursday revealed he was concerned by the increasing number of stories about distressed businesses unable to pay their staff until the $130bn program kicks in next month.

    Under the scheme, employers must pay their employees at least $1500 a fortnight before receiving their first JobKeeper payment in the first week of May. Once the payments start flowing in for eligible businesses, they can be backdated to 30 March.

  48. ‘It is therefore possible that Australians have not grown rich because of their policies, but that, being already rich, they have been able to afford them.’
    – W. K. Hancock

    I think I pinched it from the Liberty Quotes.

  49. Terry

    Banks forced to help struggling businesses

    Banks will do anything so long as the risk is underwritten by our Marxist Overlords using the lives of indentured tax-slaves as collateral.

    Australia is a banana republic. A Kleptocracy of Cronyism. One-by-one we have seen freedom of speech, freedom of movement, and property rights disappear; at first slowly and now with frightening rapidity, and hardly anyone even blinked.

  50. Squirrel

    The latest big borrowing by the state government of Victoria, which will take debt to around 100% of (pre-virus) annual revenue, is truly dangerous stuff.

  51. Robbo

    Andrews and his Treasurer Pallas are intent on making John Cain and Joan Kirner look like excellent managers of the Victorian economy. Victoria is now teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and Andrews and Pallas have just announced their intention to borrow even more money than they have already borrowed but they have been silent on how they intend all of those massive loans to be repaid. This is Labor at its worst. Borrow big, spend big and hope that somehow or another the money will appear to repay the loans. I call it the Micawber economic plan because it is predicated solely on the hope that something will turn up to solve the problem.
    The most disgusting part of this economic lunacy is that Andrews and Pallas are pretending that this massive extra borrowing of many billions of dollars is needed to deal with the Corona virus. That is a blatant lie and both of those incompetents know it is a lie. The massive number of Government projects underway are well beyond the capacity of the Victorian economy and that is before we take into account the blowout in the budgets of most of those projects. Come the next election we will see Andrews boasting of how much his Government has achieved in boosting the infrastructure of the State. Questions that may be asked about the real state of the economy will be dodged or fudged. At some time the whole mess will be revealed and that will be the time when Victorians will understand that they have been badly deceived. Future generations will be saddled with a debt that could well be never able to be repaid. This disaster is, in my view, criminally negligent.

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