ABC Online has lengthy coverage of the 2005 ACT Budget.
It actually seems pretty sensible, for all that it’s a crying shame we pissed the best times against the wall over the last few years.
Spiny, I don’t now nor have I ever worked for the ACT government or the as a staffer for an ACT politician.
Ralph, I’m not even a big fan of Stanhope let a lone a groupie, I think he’s somewhat full of himself, overbearing and doesn’t seem to take criticism well. I’ve met him on occasion and (obviously) know who he is, he may even have a vague knowledge of my existence. If this was a Stanhope fan site I’d probably be attacking the fan boys, but the riotact is so one eyed in its hatred of him and the local government in general that I feel compelled to speak up (plus I generally like what the government as a what is doing). As to Corbell’s trip I’m not commenting because it’s a non-story, sure it looks bad if you’re already that way inclined, but in reality it’s just a necessary part of the process.
Personally I’m a functionalist despite indulging myself in idealistic flights as to the nature of governance.
So, lets take an outcomes based view of budget policy?
Despite what we may wish to achieve, there is only so much money with which to achieve it.
In good years we have more money. But in good years less people need government help.
So perhaps a government that wasn’t a pack of wankers would restrain their exuberance in good years, lower charges to grow the wider economy, and give themselves room to provide assistance when times get tougher?
Because the world is still waiting for a society that can deliver the perfect justice Our Brave Leader craves.
And that’s where the Government’s ideology has lead us all astray. This is a decent budget, but it would have been a better one if in the previous good years they hadn’t spent every penny available to them.
To suggest, as the CM did today on 666, that there are no cost savings to be made is ludicrous.
If compatability with NSW is a be all and end all then we can dismiss our assembly and make do with a city council.
The CM says he is a good economic manager.
But all he did was put food on the table through the summer.
Sadly he did it without regard to the coming winter.
And winter is always coming.
(yes been reading George RR Martin lately, still a good way to think)
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