On his list of 'Large and Fast Growing Programmes' he singled out the aged pension (1st), aged care (8th) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (10th) as increasing faster than the economy is growing.
But he didn't mention defence spending, which is 2nd on that list and which is also increasing faster than GDP growth. Nor did he mention that the government's Direct Action climate policy was outside the terms of reference of his Commission of Audit, whose 900-page report is to be publicly released next week.
The government has the burden of showing why it intends to cut spending without addressing tax concessions. It hasn't discharged it yet. Perhaps it will on 13 May.
Russell Marks Politicoz Editor
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