Four year blind­ness

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

So Gor­don Camp­bell thinks the job­less fig­ures are grim read­ing [Talk­ing Pol­i­tics, KMN Nov 13], he must be re­fer­ring to the fig­ures for South­ern Europe and then goes on to re­fer to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion as four years ago – has the man been asleep for the past four years – the sit­u­a­tion still per­sists.

He then re­minds us that Aus­tralia’s job­less fig­ure is only 5.2 per cent against ours of 7 per cent, of course he does not re­mind us that in past years Aus­tralia had re­spon­si­ble government. John Howard made sure he at­tended to the econ­omy and devel­op­ment through the boom years, oil pro­duc­tion and min­ing are the keys to Aus­tralian pros­per­ity.

How­ever, the Labour government of Clark wasted our boom years by com­pletely ne­glect­ing any growth in the econ­omy that would have cush­ioned us against the con­tin­u­ing eco­nomic down­turn, for ex­am­ple, they tried to cap­ture the mid­dle-class vote by hand­outs to those earn­ing over $100,000 per year and it did not work, they lost two elec­tions, nei­ther did the ‘chew­ing gum’ tax re­duc­tion which Cullen of­fered.

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