OLD SPEND­ING HABITS

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

ISN’T there a dan­ger that the new state gov­ern­ment will re­turn to the tried and tested spend, spend, spend so­cial­is­tic habits of old?

Mark McGowan's party needs to look back at the profli­gacy of pre­vi­ous high spend­ing La­bor, par­tic­u­larly a case in point be­ing the waste­ful Rudd era, which ef­fec­tively put the whole of Aus­tralia se­verely in the red.

In re­gards to the outer har­bour pro­posal for Kwinana, is it pos­si­bly true that this is an un­nec­es­sary and pre­ma­ture project be­cause Fre­man­tle Port was or is run­ning at a ca­pac­ity of only 50 per cent?

Mar­itime Union deputy sec­re­tary Adrian Evans re­cently claimed that build­ing a har­bour would not be a “plan for jobs be­cause au­to­mated tech­nol­ogy would be at the fore­front of op­er­a­tions”.

If this is ac­cu­rate and it is not ben­e­fi­cial to build for an­other 20 to 30 years, it is surely ex­trav­a­gant to spend the es­ti­mated $6 bil­lion re­quired at this early stage. The pay­roll tax plan is an­other moot point. Is it not counter-pro­duc­tive to over­tax the WA wealth cre­ators?

In 2014, McGowan was of the opin­ion that “mines will close and jobs will be lost” if the min­ing tax is in­creased. So why a fu­tile change of pol­icy now?

Fi­nally, it is dis­ap­point­ing to learn that de­spite th­ese tax rises and re­pair mea­sures debt is still fore­cast (by the gov­ern­ment's own sta­tis­tics) to rise to $43.6 bil­lion by 2020-21. DAVID RUDMAN Port Kennedy

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