Articles from Public Opinion
The Weatherill Labor Government has been returned to power for another 4 years with the help of Geoff Brock, the Independent of Frome, to support a minority government. Bob Such, the other Independent is on sick leave. Weatherill's victory was mostly unexpected, and it was generally seen as unlikely by the savvy political commentators who have inside information.
So we have Australian Water Holdings (AWH) donating money to the Liberal Party on multiple occasions, and charging some of these donations back to the publicly owned Sydney Water. AWH systematically overcharged Sydney Water (i.e. the taxpayers who own it) millions of dollars over the years. So this greasing the palm is a form of corruption
If South Australia does buck the political cycle, and a minority Weatherall Labor Government is able to hang onto power with support from the two Independents, then it and the Independents will be under constant attack from the tribal conservatives in Canberra and their partisan supporters in Big Business and the Big Media.
The mainstream media says that it is foregone conclusion. After 12 years of a Labor Government voters in SA want change and a new majority Liberal Govt. With Tasmania going Liberal it will be Liberal Governments everywhere in the Australian federation except in the ACT.
Ken Henry, the ex-Secretary of the Treasury says on the 7.30 Report that that Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax reform and predicted the GST will have to rise to tackle structural holes in the budget:
The Abbott Government's commitment to a neo-liberal mode of governance is now clear. In this mode of governance civil society is a market, and the role of the government is to keep the market running by removing as many market distortions as politically possible--to get the economic fundamentals right ---and to let the market sort things out.
You would think that the majority of Tasmanians are sick of the conflict over native forestry and would support an agreement to end it and to shift to becoming less dependent on their extractive industries over time given that forestry is a minor industry in the state. It generates just over 1,200 jobs – or less than 0.5 per cent of total employment in the state.