Labor’s new description of Coalition polices is a good one, I hope they keep it through thick and thin. It is a feature of why I would vote for the Coalition. I WANT them to cut to the bone. Starting with the Climate Change Department. In fact, amputate completely. Then the CSIRO climate astrologists. Catallaxy wonders what the many thousands of public servants actually do: 12 per cent superannuation and all that
So Julia Gillard has attacked Tony Abbott’s budget reply
And what he has chosen to do is to take an axe to working people’s superannuation
by delaying the increase of the 9 per cent SGC to 12 per cent.
That’s absolute balony. The increase in the SGC was coming from the workers’ paypackets in any case. I only hope that the deferal to the increase is made permanent by a Coalition Government. As I wrote previously, it is a very poor policy. Let’s stop this further incursion by the nanny state.
In a sign of desperation, perhaps under the advice of John Hewson, Labor is about to embark on a scare campaign on the GST.
But all Tony Abbott has promised is a wide ranging tax white paper which would then lead to a second term agenda. Amongst those changes might, theoretically, be a change to the GST with the concurrence of the States. But such changes (if any) would be taken to the electorate prior to the next (2016) election. Exactly how John Howard and Peter Costello took their tax changes to the electorate in the 1998 election.
This is the honest way of making major changes of position.
Labor’s way – Gillard’s way – is to make a solemn promise (eg the carbon tax) and then break it.
I hope Tony Abbott takes heart from these words of Lex (Financial Times, 16 May 2013):
The luxury (or curse) of large modern offices is that so many people can spend so much time in meetings or on Facebook. This also explains the curious phenomenon that mass firings do not tend to do any damage. What on earth did the 30-odd thousand bankers eliminated from HSBC since 2011 do all day long? The same question might be asked about the potential 14,000 new job cuts announced yesterday by chief executive Stuart Gulliver.
What on earth do many of the hundreds of thousands of public servants do all day?