Pretty plan

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Messrs John Roskam, James Paterson and Chris Berg of the Institute of Public Affairs have offered one hundred ideas to reshape Australia, practically guaranteed to antagonise 47% of Australian voters. [IPA – Ideas for Tony Abbott]

Many suggestions are so obviously correct that they do not require much thought; everybody worried about Australia’s future must have considered them in detail already : 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,10,14,15,17,20, 22, 25, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40,41 and 50. Oh, definitely 50.

No 5 became irrelevant and I would like it to be replaced by the following: Australia resigns from the United Nations.

Those who may worry that the ideas package may be akin to throwing a baby out with the dirty water may rest assured – the baby of democracy had drown a long time ago.

Further, there is absolutely no chance that Caesar Abbott- Brutus Turnbull fragile duumvirate would include even one tenth of these proposals in the Coalition rhetoric, not to mention attempted to legislate if in power. A new, genuinely conservative party would be needed for that. The current lot is gutless, venal and amoral.

Still, we can dream:

 1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

5 Abandon Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council

6 Repeal the renewable energy target

7 Return income taxing powers to the states

8 Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission

9 Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

10 Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

11 Introduce fee competition to Australian universities

12 Repeal the National Curriculum

13 Introduce competing private secondary school curriculums

14 Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

15 Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced’

16 Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law

17 End local content requirements for Australian television stations

18 Eliminate family tax benefits

19 Abandon the paid parental leave scheme

20 Means-test Medicare

21 End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

22 Introduce voluntary voting

23 End mandatory disclosures on political donations

24 End media blackout in final days of election campaigns

25 End public funding to political parties

26 Remove anti-dumping laws

27 Eliminate media ownership restrictions

28 Abolish the Foreign Investment Review Board

29 Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency

30 Cease subsidising the car industry

31 Formalise a one-in, one-out approach to regulatory reduction

32 Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games

33 Deregulate the parallel importation of books

34 End preferences for Industry Super Funds in workplace relations laws

35 Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a percentage of GDP

36 Legislate a balanced budget amendment which strictly limits the size of budget deficits and the period the federal government can be in deficit

37 Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database

38 Repeal plain packaging for cigarettes and rule it out for all other products, including alcohol and fast food

39 Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities

40 Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools

41 Repeal the alcopops tax

42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
a) Lower personal income tax for residents
b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
c) Encourage the construction of dams

43 Repeal the mining tax

44 Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states

45 Introduce a single rate of income tax with a generous tax-free threshold

46 Cut company tax to an internationally competitive rate of 25 per cent

47 Cease funding the Australia Network

48 Privatise Australia Post

49 Privatise Medibank

50 Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function

I will leave it here; the next 50 will be on Fog of Chaos when I get round to it. I don’t think there is any rush. Those keen to see how it ends can click on the IPA link above.

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