I have the answer, that would meet the aims of business and many commenting here.

Do away with Oppositions all together by electing a board to run the country, not a government.

Yes, winner takes all. No parliament needed. No lower house, no upper house.

Board to face elections every three years.

Maybe only allow those in business to vote.

Not too sure though, we would have a democracy left with this way of running the country.

No pesky checks and balances.  No input from ungrateful public who do not like their place in society. In fact no society, just a economy.


20 comments on “WINNER TAKE ALL

  1. …..The US Nobel Laureate economist, Joseph Stiglitz, who visited Australia in September 2013 complimented the Government on its uniquely successful economic policy in saving Australia from the GFC which spread recession throughout Europe, North America and Asia including China. Regarding the latter, Treasury published a statement in 2009 that refuted the Coalition’s argument that the Chinese economy saved Australia from the recession. The GFC hit China hard after a great reduction in exports to Europe and the US

    Increasing the Deficit

    Following the elections the Coalition Government quickly and substantially increased the deficit with the apparent aim of attributing to the previous Government “an immense deficit” in order to reinforce its accusation of economic irresponsibility. Here is the evidence.

    First, the Government made an $8.8 billion grant to the Reserve Bank which the Bank had not requested. Second, it reinstated the Howard Government’s fringe benefits tax concession for privately owned motor vehicles, which the Labor Government had cancelled on the grounds it had become a tax rort. This reinstatement reduced revenue by around $500 million a year. Third, it cancelled the previous Government’s very modest 15% tax on superannuation income over $100,000 which reduced revenue by about $600 million a year. (This Labor Government tax was designed both to reduce the inequality of the Howard Government’s abolition of tax on superannuation income and to modestly reduce the deficit.) These measures increased last year’s estimated deficit of $49 billion by nearly $10 billion.

    Additionally the Government’s abolition of the carbon tax will cost annual tax revenue $7.6 billion. And overturning the mining tax will further reduce government revenue. (Although estimated at $750 million a year the decline in mineral prices is likely to reduce this amount.) These measures will increase this year’s deficit by around $8 billion.

    Manipulating opinion

    To develop support for its last budget it appears all Coalition Ministers were schooled to imprint on the public mind the Coalition’s new mantra at each television and press interview: “the debt and deficit mess we inherited from the previous government”. There’s no mention of the Coalition’s increase in the current deficit. And it recently intensified this message by repetitive recitation of the dollar amount of annual interest on this (increased) debt.


    This Government has demonstrated massive incompetence in formulating their economic policies and their budget. Such is this incompetence since coming to Office they appear to rely on deception as a principal means of gaining acceptance of their policies.

  2. The number of bodies closed down indiscriminately by this government. Well some of them anyway.

    ………….The first phase of the Abbott Government’s Smaller Government Reform Agenda was implemented after the 2013 Election and reduced the number of government bodies by 40, including through:
    •The merger of AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
    •The merger of Resources, Energy and Tourism into the Industry Department;
    •The merger of functions of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport into other departments;
    •The abolition of 23 non-statutory advisory bodies including: the Social Inclusion Board; the Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee; the Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Council; the International Legal Services Advisory Council; the National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group; the National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing; the Antarctic Animal Ethic Committee; the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula; the High Speed Rails Advisory Group; the Maritime Workforce Development Forum; the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing; the Insurance Reform Advisory Group; the National Housing Supply Council; the National Policy Commission on Indigenous Housing; the National Children and Family Roundtable; the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness; the Pulp and Paper Advisory Group; International Pro Bono Advisory Group; the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council; the Centre for Workplace Leadership Advisory Group; the National Council for Education for Sustainability; and the National Sustainability Council; the Procurement Consultative Committee;
    •The commencement of the process to sell Medibank Private;
    •The abolition of the Climate Commission, Energy Security Council, the Independent Inspector General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Pricing Authority, the Coordinator-General for Remote Indigenous Services, the National Gambling Regulator;
    •The introduction of legislation to abolish the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission;
    •The merger of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and Wine Australia to create the Australian Grape and Wine Authority; and
    •The replacement of the Office of Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate with the Australian Building and Construction Commission, replacing the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd with the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

    The second phase of the Abbott government’s Smaller Government Reform Agenda will be implemented in the 2014-15 Budget and deliver a further reduction of 36 government bodies.

    That reduction will be achieved through abolitions, consolidations of functions into departments, mergers and by exploring further opportunities for privatisations, including:

    The abolition of the:
    •Abalone Aquaculture Health Accreditation Workshop
    •Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation
    •Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    •Australian River Co. Limited
    •Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee and its Legal Committee;
    •National Water Commission
    •COAG Reform Council
    •Office of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor; and
    •Prime Minister’s Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.

    The consolidation of the functions of several bodies into Departments:
    •Australian Customs and Border Protection Service into the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, to form a single operational border group;
    •The functions of Health Workforce Australia, the General Practice Education and Training Limited and the Australian National Preventative Health Agency into the Department of Health;
    •Grape and Wine Research and Development Selection Committee and Wine Australia Corporation Selection Committee into the Department of Agriculture; and
    •Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency into the Department of Communications.

    The merger of government bodies including:
    •The merger of ComSuper into the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation;
    •The merger of five civilian merit review tribunals into a single organisation including: ◦the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
    ◦the Classification Review Board
    ◦the Migration Review Tribunal
    ◦the Refugee Review Tribunal, and
    ◦the Social Security Appeals Tribunal;

    •The merger of back-office functions of seven Canberra-based cultural collection institutions and archival institutions: ◦the National Archives
    ◦the National Film and Sound Archive
    ◦the National Gallery
    ◦the National Library
    ◦the National Museum
    ◦the National Portrait Gallery, and
    ◦Old Parliament House);

    •The merger of different functions of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner into the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Attorney-General’s Department
    •The merger of some of the Private Health Insurance Administration Council functions into the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and all other functions into the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
    •The merger of the Private Health Insurance Industry Ombudsman into the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
    •The merger of the AQUAPLAN Working Group into the Aquaculture Committee;
    •The merger of the Australian Weeds Committee, Biosafety and Biosecurity Working Group and the Established Pests and Diseases Working Group into the National Biosecurity Committee;
    •The merger of the National Competition Council Secretariat into the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
    •The merger of the National Blood Authority with the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority.

    Other key reforms to reduce the size of government and improve the efficiency of government services will be pursued in consultation with the States and Territories in the health portfolio.

    Subject to this consultation, one single body – a new Health Productivity and Performance Commission would perform the functions currently provided by six different bodies, all with their own corporate structures:
    •The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care;
    •The Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority;
    •The National Health Funding Body;
    •The National Health Funding Pool Administrator;
    •The National Health Performance Authority; and
    •The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

    The Government will not proceed with the establishment of two new bodies which the former Government sought to establish and fund in 2013:
    •The Student Identifiers Agency;
    •The Brisbane Cross River Rail and Melbourne Metro Projects Advisory Board.

    The Government will conduct scoping studies into the possible privatisation of several government bodies:
    •Defence Housing Australia
    •the Royal Australian Mint
    •Australian Hearing
    •the Registry function of ASIC

    Total general public service expenses are estimated to decrease by 33.6 per cent in real terms from 2013-14 to 2014-15 and decrease by 7.5 per cent in real terms over the period 2014-15 to 2017-18.

    These savings are necessary so that the Government can repair the Budget and strengthen Australia’s future.

    The Government will also pursue asset reductions within agencies through the progressive sale of a number of surplus properties.

    The Government will achieve further efficiencies through implementing a Contestability Framework to methodically assess whether particular government functions should be open to competition and how competition should occur. This will allow competing providers to come from both inside and outside of government.

    Over the next three years government functions will be systematically reviewed to determine if they are, in whole or in part, appropriate for competition or whether they should continue to be performed exclusively by government.

    The third and most comprehensive phase of consolidation in the number of government bodies will be considered by government in time for inclusion in the MYEFO 2014-15.

    A particular focus of this next stage will be to reduce the number of small agencies, which carry disproportionate and wasteful overheads.

    To support better decision-making and limit the creation of new government bodies in the future, an Australian Government Governance Policy will be released later in 2014. It will have a particular focus on preventing the past proliferation of wasteful structures in the future and ensure government bodies operate as efficiently as possible.

    Media contact
    Karen Wu – 0428 350 139

  3. …………….The piece rightly observes that there is “no escaping that reform is hard and often unpopular in the short term”. But in pointing the finger at politicians, the economic jeremiahs from the top end of town fail to see their contribution to the malaise they are bemoaning.

    One of the signatories is the Minerals Council of Australia. It put together a $20 million slush fund to fight tooth and nail against a minerals super profits tax. Note the word “super”: a tax that would apply when they were making exponential profits from the nation’s mineral wealth. Billionaires Twiggy Forrest and Gina Rinehart yelled themselves hoarse on the back of a truck warning the end of the world, or at least their world, was nigh.

    Resource rent taxes are a more efficient and indeed fairer way for governments to raise revenue than royalties. The minerals council itself had argued that way to the Henry tax review. In fact the treasurer at the time, Wayne Swan, marks that episode and the relentless, populist attacks on the carbon price as the end of the possibility of long-term reform in this country.

    The carbon price was a major economic reform: pricing pollution in a way to achieve a cost-effective market mechanism that would contribute to containing global warming. Former chairman of the Australian Coal Association, Ian Dunlop, said in the Fairfax papers that the Abbott government remains in total denial about climate change having any material impact on Australia’s future. There was a stark example of that with the release of the energy white paper. This was billed as a forward-looking document to give consumers certainty and confidence in energy policy. Renewable energy hardly rated a mention. Fossil fuels are the future. Pity the rest of the world doesn’t see it that way.

    This federal government is in the pockets of preferred vested interests. Dunlop nabs the rent-seekers: “Industry bodies such as the minerals council and business council [another signatory] continue spreading deceptive and misleading information to downplay the issue and undermine sensible policy development.” ….

  4. I am afraid infrastructure is about more than roads. In article above, it is said today, government has to provide more than in the past. Mainly because the workforce has to be highly skilled. Governments do this better.

    That is also infrastructure, human infrastructure.

    Future growth depends on a healthy, highly trained workforce, with the necessary high tech infrastructure to go with it. Infrastructure is providing facilities for the necessary research for the future.

    Capital by itself produces nothing. I am afraid whether they like it or not, they still need labour.

    Small government is a fantasy of the neoliberals and this mob.
    Industry seems to believe they have no need for what only government can provide. Well provide more universal and efficiently.

    Government spending is not creating debt, it is investing in the future.

  5. Bacchus, that is the way Abbott and his ilk seem to think it works.

    Seem to believe the senate and Opposition should rubber stamp every utterance of the PM. Suspect, his own back bench is in same position. Even the ministers.

    See Abbott attended Taronga Zoo today for Variety do. Was mobbed.

    This I find hard to believe. Especially as it was the Variety Club. Suspect he took his own cheer squad along.

    Maybe paid for like Dr Karl.

  6. Cu, “Maybe paid for like Dr Karl.” , Dr Karl has donated his pay for ‘said’ ad, Flo…. he has recognised that he had his ‘woollen-pullover’ on whilst filming was mistakenly taking place and has re-distributed his wardrobe accordingly…… ( LOVO bows and generally genuflects in Dr Karls direction)….. but puh-leeese Dr K., don’t DIS your legacy no more,.. oi… matey, AY….. or to put it anotherway… “Dr KARL WTF were you think’n” 😯 … or to put it another way – ” Stick that up your intergen report”, ay cobba :mrgreen:

  7. Need the man to put as much effort in telling the public where the report is fallacious and wrong. Good to see you LOVO

  8. Agree Florence – that’s the only way Dr Karl can redeem himself from a very bad decision.

    Well put LOVO – in your own inimitable style 🙂

  9. Note. They are still showing the Dr Karl propaganda.

    I think it is time Morrison was given in depth investigation. He is taking family benefits and all social welfare to a completely new, frightening place.

    We are seeing social engineering on a scale, this country has not seen before.

  10. Ken Wolff puts two and two together over at TPS this week and gets frighteningly close to the truth methinks.

    Beware, there is a plan

    There is much talk about the ‘chaos’ of the Abbott government but take a close look at what has been done, what it is talking about, and the reports it is gathering together. We need to look beyond the political catch-cries of the ‘debt and deficit disaster’ and ‘Labor’s mess’ and examine what is driving this government.

    There is no room for ‘leaners’ in Abbott and Hockey’s plan; no room for ‘entitlement’ (aka ‘socialist’ welfare); no room for government services that the market can provide; no room for public services that the states can provide. It is the age of ‘personal responsibility’: bugger the ‘fair go’ and government assistance, you have to look after yourself! And as a result, the commonwealth government will proudly offer you lower income and company taxes — even if the states have to raise theirs.

    Yes, there is a plan but not one that we can look forward to. Little wonder they don’t spell it out!

  11. As pointed out by DoodlePoodle, Ken’s analysis is even more frightening when you look at what Laurie Oakes is saying:

    All signs point to Liberals in poll position

    TONY Abbott is a fighter. And he is not the sort of fighter who stands around waiting to be hit. He is the sort who hits first.

    There are growing signs that he is itching to hit Bill Shorten. He has been boasting that, if the Coalition started an election campaign only four points behind Labor, he would win.

    But now doubts are growing, inside the Government as well as outside. Some experienced political operators putting together the clues are starting to think Abbott might just be serious about an election for both Houses in the wake of Tuesday week’s Budget.

    One Cabinet minister who sneered at the idea only a few weeks ago is known to have remarked recently: “It’s not beyond the realms of possibility.”

    The Government’s pre-Budget scene-setting provides some of the clues.

    It will be, we are told, a “dull” Budget, in that — unlike last year — there will be no nasty surprises.

    One of those nasties from Treasurer Joe Hockey’s 2014 Budget — the plan, blocked in the Senate, to hit pensions by changing the way they are indexed — will be scrapped. It threatened to alienate an important part of the Coalition’s voting base.

    The focus will be on good news. A families package. A revamped childcare system to give working parents a Budget boost. Job creation measures.

    “It will be pushing a message of optimism,” says a bureaucrat involved in the Budget process.

    The “debt and deficit” scare and talk about a “Budget emergency” are off the agenda. Liberal MPs say Hockey has reassured them that there will be no significant savings measures in the 2015 Budget.

  12. Is Abbott becoming to cocky, willing to destroy his cabinet to stay in power.

    ony Abbott has always seen politics as a conflict business and now his own cabinet knows what he means. The prime minister has served notice he’s prepared to blow up the place if they persist in leaking to the media against him. He told his party room that ministers had been reminded of their responsibilities and there would be personal and political consequences for any more destabilising of cabinet processes. He’s so sure they got the message, he called it a “come to Jesus moment”. But Jesus hasn’t worked any miracles just yet.

    Some have dismissed the Abbott threat as mere bravado. Indeed, word of the riot act being read to ministers itself leaked out. The very next day there was another leak in The West Australian from a key cabinet subcommittee. This involved a pet aviation project of Trade Minister Andrew Robb being rolled in his absence. Someone is prepared to call the PM’s bluff. It is argued that sacking a minister – especially if it’s his own deputy, Julie Bishop, or the high-profile Malcolm Turnbull – would precipitate a crisis that would engulf the government.

    I see where the legal fraternity is coming in behind the Human Rights Commissioner Trigg. Where does that leave the likes Abbott, Brandis and Dutton., Will they go as far as dismantling the Human Rights Commission itself.

    There is always the chance Abbott’s bluff will come off. If not, would not be a surprise to see the Liberals split.

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