As a Tasmanian who has endured a destroyed budget in recent years, it frustrates me no end to see the same issues played out nationally, and be completely missed by the media.
99% of media focus on gov’t spending / taxation – nothing about how our economy grows and contracts.
In other words all focus is on how to cut up the pie, nothing on what size it can be. Government of course has a lot of control over this.
We can, to give some examples – lower interest rates and the dollar, assist international marketing of our products, allow sensible development on public land, allow coastal development ( in Tas we don’t ).
We also now days expect a developer to pay in full up front for all environmental / social impact studies, with no input from the beneficiaries the public.
Another huge impost on the economy is workplace safety / injury law. If some idiot walks off the edge of something it is invariably someone elses fault, we are at the point now where ladders are banned on many work sites.
I believe this dumbing down of the workforce benefits no-one but the lawyers/insurers - it will change one day because we simply cannot afford it.
I think we should be starting the conversation now.
To tax the remaining businesses and workers into oblivion will only worsen our economic situation, the solution is surely to actually start supporting business to grow the economy for the benefit of all.
The simpleton tax centric commentary by the media completely misses the real issues in my view.
Jason Hall is a tradie in Tasmania, and this is his first contribution to Ambit Gambit.