When your only tool is a hammer, every problem is a nail.
The guys in the government hot seats at the moment only know one way to govern. Take endless streams of cash from property deals. Plough some of that back into tax incentives to keep the property pyramid growing, plough the rest into the ever more expensive public service to avoid strikes in hospitals and schools etc.
Keep “partnership” going at any and all costs.
They literally don’t know ANY other way to run a country.
They HAVE to get people buying houses again. They have no other plan, no other strategy.
Even after preparing the public for pain in the buget, they weren’t actually capable of delivering. They only knew how to hit soft targets, protect the public service workers (throw in a bit of tough talk, no action) and create another scheme or two to get houses moving again.
They’re not all evil, mean, nasty. They are just hopelessly and completely out of their depth. Tom Parlon is just a witch doctor offering to cure the country for 30 pieces of silver, and the government haven’t the ability between them to see any other options, or to weigh up whether his magic beans are worth a damn.
The Greens don’t really care what the solution is, as long as it produces less CO2.
The Minister for Health knows that she won’t be remembered as the woman who fixed the health service, so she’s willing to cut and slash anything, her reputation no longer matters a whole lot.
The leader of the PD’s (yes they still exist) is a nobody. When the recent votes on the future of the party happened, he was standing beside Harney and O’Malley, and both were shown commenting in the news clip, while he stood by silently.
This government, is completely lost at sea. If you gave them 50 billion as a donation, they wouldn’t know what to do with it. They’d probably build houses.