Australian Politics – Australian Labor Party Damns Us To Greece-Style Debt. So Why Is Prime Minister Tony Abbott Blamed?

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

The recent Australian Intergenerational Report showed that Australia is headed for astonishing – and very dangerous – deficits unless changes are made. We really are on the road to Greece, thanks to the feral Senate’s blocking of Abbott Government reforms:

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As you can see, I’ve noted the gap caused by the obstruction in the Senate by Labor, the Greens, Palmer United and assorted crossbenchers.

We now see lots of commentators attacking the Government for not doing a better “selling job” of its reforms.

This criticism may well be deserved, but misdiagnoses the problem and misdirects the criticism.

First, no selling job could persuade Labor, the Greens, Jacqui Lambie, Glenn Lazarus and Clive Palmer, for instance, to drop some of the opposition, which is based on sheer populism, spite, deep ideology and rank populism.

Second, there should be no need for a “selling job” to persuade Labor to back spending cuts and vote on the national interest.

No, the criticism really should be on Labor and the Greens for betraying the national interest and condemning Australia to a rapidly snowballing national debt that could destroy the economy.

Now I hear some on the Left – the ABC’s Barrie Cassidy and Jon Faine, for instance – start to attack Abbott for not going in harder on savings cuts, when they were among the many commentators who savaged him for trying in the first place.

We are in a very sick place, where Abbott-hatred is driving us over the cliff.

Paul Kelly on the latest economic vandalism of the Senate, the rejection of higher education reforms demanded by 40 of Australia’s 41 vice-chancellors:

The political class is selfish. It is naked in the way it puts its own individual and party interests and ideology before the interests of the people. Listening to the self-justifications of key senators is a sad and shoddy experience. These are manifestations of a system in ­decline…

Neither the politicians nor the media want to concede this. How much more evidence do they want? Such denials, however, serve a purpose because neither the political nor media class want to concede their share of responsibility for the demise of our public policy debate and outcomes.

Our political system is not delivering. This is now obvious to the community. There is little sign the political system can address the nation’s problems: a fractured budget, unsustainable spending programs, unproductive industry, entrenched inequity and insufficient infrastructure…

Labor is in denial of the university funding crisis it bequeathed, having deregulated ­student numbers without any mechanism to finance the needs of the expanded system. Having taken an ideological stand against deregulation, it refused to ­negotiate.

Too many of the Senate crossbenchers refused to engage with the issues: they reject deregulation in principle yet are clueless about how to solve the problem. Their attitude is “not my problem” but this is not how parliaments are supposed to behave…

The voices of the aggrieved dominate the media and political debate at the expense of the public interest. The media weight given in the 1980s to national interest reform is long since lost….

If you want to understand how honesty works in politics consider the NSW election, where Premier Mike Baird is being honest: he has put long-term leasing of the electricity network on the table.

What is the result? Baird faces one of the most dishonest campaigns in the past half century with every expectation Labor will be rewarded with a significant swing.

UPDATE

More evidence of a feral Senate driving us over the cliff:

Senate crossbenchers [have firmed] in their resolve to sink a $22 billion cut to pensions…

Palmer United Party’s Zhenya “Dio” Wang and independent senator Glenn Lazarus have signalled their opposition to Scott Morrison’s fresh bid to change pension indexation – where a lowering of the indexation rate would be accompanied by regular reviews of pension adequacy.

Senator Wang and Senator Lazarus’ opposition follows that of independent senator Jacqui Lambie and strong reservations expressed by South Australian senator Nick Xenophon…

The change in pension indexation has been projected to save more than $22 billion over 10 years by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Add those Senators to feral Labor and the Greens, and that’s another saving gone.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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