OLD SPENDING HABITS
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