Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

IN the last series of the ex­cel­lent HBO series The Wire, fic­tional Bal­ti­more mayor Tommy Carcetti fi­nally gets power to be faced with his pre­de­ces­sor’s bud­get legacy, de­scribed as a “bowl of dog s**t”.

WA’S bowl­ful is the $3.5 bil­lion deficit and po­ten­tial $41 bil­lion debt cri­sis, which La­bor has to solve. Pre­mier-elect Mark Mcgowan has al­ready said the State’s spend­ing will be in­ves­ti­gated, but it is the so­lu­tions that should be tack­led with vigour, imag­i­na­tion and, one can only hope, a lit­tle cun­ning. Oth­er­wise he will pay at the next bal­lot box, be­cause vot­ers know they could be pay­ing for debt for gen­er­a­tions. The Lib­eral Party has lost, but now its rem­nants need to have clear heads, back mea­sures that clear debt or voice plainly and loudly what will not work. They may al­most be a rump party now, but should con­sider the les­son in his­tory of a small group of MPS in the English Civil War’s post-1648 Rump Par­lia­ment that was co­he­sive enough to help cre­ate le­gal and trade re­forms that en­dure to this day.

Jon Bas­sett - Re­porter

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