What is Gillard up to?

In the past week we’ve had lots of announcements.  It seems to boil down to:

  • More money in education – in theory $6.5B per annum, in reality $10B over 4 years, with only $1B in the first year
  • More money in disabilities – the NDIS will cost many billions per annum (nobody seems to know quite how many)
  • More money in health – filling a gap that the federal government created by revisiting the population growth numbers and reducing funding to states
  • A funding hole in the mining tax and the carbon tax
  • A plan to cut concessions on superannuation

The numbers don’t add up.  I can’t help but think that this is all about taking care of the base without being serious about having to implement any of these changes – it’s a plan for saving the furniture without any risk of having to actually be in government.


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