Have the changes brought about by a Federal Liberal Government and an increasingly broke and desperate Labor/Green Alliance, started to sink home to Canberrans yet?
I can remember so many years ago when the same sort of looney left Labor and Green Alliance took over in Tasmania, promising a change of culture (to the left) and increased economic security in the future from a ‘new way’ and renewavble energy and tourism.
And what did Tasmania become after 12 years of that rubbish? The economic basketcase of Australia that was almost destroyed in the GFC and an economy that will take another 10 years to recover – if they ever do.
The certainty of employment that the APS (and ACT PS) has provided to Canberra, will probably remain in the future, but it will be significantly reduced in its ability to shield Canberra anymore, like in did with the GFC. The future of this town is very much at a nexus – it could go either way over the next 5-10 years. To believe things will remain the same and that just like after Howard in 1996, this town will recover, is at best otpimistic and more realistically is delusional.
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What Canberra needs is exactly what Tasmania failed to do, and that is to foster economic development through business ventures, and not to be totally biased against the benefits of a business sector, and to believe that Government money is a never ending magic pudding.