…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Tony Abbott’s fumblings show that either he is taking his voters for granted, or, deep down doesn’t wish to have the responsibility of governing. In my opinion (previously expressed here on Fog of Chaos The Double or nothing, Abbott’s promises and The problem) the latter is correct, probably because he became aware that he simply doesn’t have what it takes – guts.
The conservative cynics now question the motives beyond even so far successful policies – like stopping the boats – by saying that the Coalition realised that illegal immigrants are future Labor voters and thus for the reason of self-preservation had to stop them. Should the illegal arrivals be likely Coalition voters, the Labor and Greens would be stopping them, of course.
The carbon tax was abolished, which is good, but the Coalition’s Renewable Energy Targets remain. I refrain from writing anything defamatory, but we know that while some big businesses love the carbon tax, the others, equally big, don’t. Pecunia non olet, and neither do lucrative directorships upon a retirement from a public office.
“The Coalition understands small business and the vital contribution the sector makes to communities and our economy. We also understand the challenges and road-blocks that stand in the way of small business success.
An elected Coalition government will reduce the red tape burden and compliance costs on business by $1 billion each year, including by giving small business a better way to pay superannuation and implementing a fair paid parental leave scheme where the government does the paperwork.”
The post-elections reality is different:
In February 2015 the Institute of Public Affairs commissioned a survey, where Australian residents over the age of 18 were asked: In your opinion is there too much government red tape on Australian business? 48% said yes, 18% no and 34% did not know. I guessed that that 34% comprised university students, artists, welfare recipients and such like. I was surprised by the high No response, before realising that over 16% (1,908,200 people) of Australia’s workforce is paid for being in ‘public service’. And then there are journalists pining for more government controls.
The general public opinion is one thing; the opinions of the people at the coalface, i.e. struggling daily with the stifling bureaucracy, likely LibNats voters, another.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2015 National Red Tape Survey, released in February 2015, found that “74% of businesses believe that regulation has had a negative impact on their business and 96.7% of businesses reported that the regulatory burden on their business was either the same or higher than it was 12 months ago”.
Abbott is doing his best to get the Labor re-elected.