A Different Economy Is Coming

On 5 April 2013, Tony Abbott gave a speech to the Institute of Public Affairs, and responded in part to the 75 radical ideas for Australia drafted by the IPA.  

Here are a few of the IPA's ideas. 

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.

Abolish the Department of Climate Change

Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

Repeal the renewable energy target

Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol

Repeal the mining tax

Devolve environmental approvals for major projects to the states

Privatise Australia Post

Privatise Medibank

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

Privatise SBS

Repeal the Fair Work Act

Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport

Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built

Privatise the CSIRO

Close the Office for Youth

Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme

Tony Abbott's response to some of the ideas is this ...

"… the Coalition will indeed repeal the carbon tax, abolish the Department of Climate Change, abolish the Clean Energy Fund. We will repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, at least in its current form. We will abolish new health and environmental bureaucracies. We will deliver $1 billion in red tape savings every year. We will develop northern Australia. We will repeal the mining tax. We will create a one stop shop for environmental approvals. We will privatise Medibank Private. We will trim the public service and we will stop throwing good money after bad on the NBN.

So, ladies and gentlemen, that is a big “yes” to many of the 75 specific policies you urged upon me …"

"YES to many of the 75 specific policies …" ! Well, this is coming from the leader of an alternative government. But do the people know about this? Do they care? Or is it all just huff 'n puff?

If you examine what the IPA has put forward, it wouldn't be far from the mark to suggest that most ordinary Australian citizens would think that the wish-list is just plain silly, and bordering on dumb. Perhaps the IPA wasn't being serious, and perhaps it was just being mischievous.

The IPA, it can be said, is generally referred to as a liberal "right wing think tank". Its 75 point wish-list is hardly one of conservative politics; it is more akin to radical politics. 

It's not difficult to see that the IPA wants tiny ineffective governments and no impediments to the function of big business

We have seen what happens when big business (the mining sector) controls the policy agenda when it contributed to the downfall of one Prime Minister (Rudd), and then controlled another Prime Minister (Gillard), who then allowed them to design the Mining Tax. 

What a disaster! And what deplorable leadership. 

What can be gleaned from all this? For future sustainability in the Australian landscape, a huge threat is looming on the horizon. The agricultural sector is highly vulnerable. 

I might be wrong, and I hope I am. 

What do you think?

UPDATE : Read the expanded version Ticking Off The 75 Point Wish List

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