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Planes and Trains


This post is nothing special, Labor’s budget certainly has nothing to inspire me, their smoke was rather thin and their mirrors were far from shiny but I expected nothing less than that to be honest. Like a lot of voters I have long ago learned that Nothing said by Swan is to be believed. In any event I think its reasonable to expect that an incoming Abbott government will be having a “mini budget” at the earliest possible opportunity after September 14 so the hogwash presented last night will be pretty well flushed away in the blink of an eye.

In this budget they are planning to spend 25 billion on roads and rail infrastructure but that item in the budget is rather illusory because it is all predicated upon the states kicking in an equal amount of funding and we all know that they are all rather strapped for cash at present. This is undoubtedly intended to give Gillard some projects to claim are on their way but also allow them not to happen because the states won’t come to the party. Its just like that railway line announced for western Sydney during the 2010 campaign they will come to nothing.

Its all incredibly yawn inducing if you ask me the soporific began with the deliberate premature release of the majority of the the new measures over the last few weeks and it has been followed by the farcical delivery of  the budget by the treasurer. Now we will have to endure further farce as Swan and Gillard beg for applause for their performance when all we want to see is that long hook coming out from the wings  to drag them off the national stage …

Its a train wreck and sadly precisely as we expect from Labor..

Cheers Comrades


Oh and the vid is for my bro on his way to a holiday across the ditch this morning…



  1. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, I fundamentally agree with your sentiments on the illusionary budget. This is just a ‘wish list’ of ideas and spending cuts, most of which will not and cannot be presented to Parliament until after the election. It’s all hot air and I have to agree with the Age opinion piece I read (can’t remember by whom) that described it as Gillard & Swan wanting to be seen to be conservative economic managers in hindsight. It’s a ‘we’ve-thrown-in-the-towel’ budget because it actually does not include any sweetners or handouts designed to get votes. It actually ensures they will be wiped out and says, “we don’t care if we lose, this is what we would have done”. So sad to see the ALP go this way – they had a chance but blew it.

  2. SockPuppet says:

    You will never see me with wings on Iain. Not since I became “SockPuppy”.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    All you need to do Socky is train those ears of yours to work Dumbo style and you will be airborne in no time 😉

  4. GD says:

    they had a chance

    based on what?

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    They had a chance (earlier) to get rid of the problem – ie Gillard. They actually had several chances to give themselves a fighting chance of survival but for some reason they stuck with her and, in so doing, consigned themselves to a massive defeat. Rudd would not have introduced a budget like this one. To start with, I doubt he’d have brought in the yet-to-be-justified NDIS. Not one costing so much.

  6. GD says:

    Fair enough..

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