As Hockey continues to prepare Australians for a tough budget, the government continues to announce new spending: the 58 fighter jets come on top of Direct Action, disability insurance, Gonski school funding and paid parental leave. Yet the carbon price and mining super-profits tax are to go, and Tony Abbott has promised to reduce company tax by 1.5 per cent.
Of course, others want these policies too (and the Rudd government was the first to approve the Joint Strike Fighter program), but after events in NSW last week the government must work against a perception that it governs in anything other than the public interest.
Russell Marks Politicoz Editor
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