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article imageOp-Ed: Maniacal NCOA report targets Australian public in austerity drive

By Paul Wallis     May 1, 2014 in World
Sydney - It’s official — government exists solely to increase the hardship of citizens. The National Committee of Audit (NCOA) has proven that any point of contact between Australian government with human realities is non-existent.
This is Thatcherism complete with the Tin Tart’s lack of personality. Australia, suffering from the pangs of an alleged economic crisis which puts it in the “least likely to ever be in the basket case class” in the OECD, has been blessed with a government-commissioned slaughter of taxpayer entitlements and genocidal attack on government programmes. While not actually including the words “not by the hair of our chinny chin chins,” the pork flavor is pretty damn obvious.
The deficit is unforgivable, the debt worse, but the lot combined barely equates to one year’s GDP. Cool calm management is required, not a chainsaw massacre.
The NCOA is a shill, no more. Privatization, miraculously for a conservative government, is top of the list. More handouts for Australia’s corporate cunning peasants, (I do mean peasants) courtesy of the electorate, which last year had the privilege of choosing between a collection of proven lunatics and the suspected version.
Let’s look at Australia’s sparkling descent into mediocrity:
These are some of the recommendations from the Committee of Audit according to ABC Australia, my comments in italics:
• Raise age pension age to 70 by 2053 — Pensions are taxpayer funded.
• Up to $15 co-payment to visit doctor and access Medicare services — Taxpayer funded.
• Require wealthy Australians to have private health insurance and drop rebate — So the rebate goes for those who aren’t wealthy, too?
• Increase co-payments for taxpayer-funded PBS-covered medicine — Taxpayer funded
• Open pharmacy sector to competition, such as from supermarkets — Retail lobby has wanted that for years.
• Allow states to impose personal income tax surcharge, offset by reduction in federal rates — The American system, in other words, and equally inefficient.
The net effect is to raise costs across the board, for the same services.
Before we go any further, notice the dates. This entire scenario assumes that the revenue base will be the same in 2053. Not at all likely. There is no mention at all of improving efficiency of getting revenue, let alone possible new sources from cranking up our act economically.
This is a fairy tale, based on projections from the same geniuses who said we’d get $1 billion out of a carbon tax, and were proven 90% wrong when they only got $100 million. If not actually written by lobbyists, it’s economically illiterate enough to be suspected of having them do the editing.
A few other gems from the recommendations from Infrastructure:
Recommendation 3: Road user charging
There is significant scope to expand road user charging, particularly for heavy vehicles, to reduce congestion and increase funding from those that directly benefit from road use.
The Commission recommends that the Commonwealth work with the States to develop mass-distance-location charging reforms. Over time, these reforms should be extended to universal road user charging for all vehicles to the maximum extent possible.
This means that these charges will go directly on to consumer prices. There’s nowhere else for them to go. Freight is the single biggest overhead in Australian business, and these guys don’t know that? If you want more revenue from the economy, increasing overheads isn’t going to do it. It’ll stifle it.
Recommendation 19: Better aligning working-age payments
Currently, people aged 60 or over receiving certain working-age payments receive a higher rate than younger recipients.
The Commission recommends that the rates of Newstart, Widow and Sickness Allowance for those aged over 60 be aligned with those for other recipients.
This enlightened dunghill of an idea appears to assume that sick old people can survive on the same pitiful allowance given to 17 year olds. Another case of deep social awareness in its usual comatose state in Canberra.
There are many other fascinating insights into the proven insanity we call Australian government, but after 113 years we’re used to it. The Australian word for someone who’s totally lost it is “ratbag”, meaning as organised and coherent as a bag full of rats.
The word is maniacal
This isn’t a considered review. It’s a wish list for people who should know better. Particularly politicians who should know better. Both major parties are on the nose, as recent elections have shown.
The simpler, and far less embarrassing, option would be to simply increase revenue, by whatever means required to pin down and retire debt.
We’re taking in 400,000 people a year, and that sort of revenue impact apparently doesn’t rate a mention, either? By 2053, the revenue base should have gone up by about 12 million people, or a 50 percent increase in population, cretins.
There’s a lot more, but writing a book on it would be required. I wrote a book called Dear Buckley, Australia in the early 21st century, in which I assumed economic literacy was higher than it obviously is. The NCOA report is an excruciatingly stupid, myopic document in so many ways. It should never have been published, if only to keep the shallowness of economic thought in this country to remain hidden.
This rabid attempt at grabbing public assets and guaranteeing higher costs of living cannot be considered anything less than attempted economic sabotage. It’s instant pain and no gain, now or in the future. No surplus, however illusory, or any other kind of ornament, is worth that.
Just one more thing- Political parties are not immortal. The Australian Labor Party is just discovering its own mortality, and it may have company soon enough, if the Liberal Party of Australia doesn’t grow a brain. This is well over the line, and there’ll be a price to pay.
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