Bud­get­ing too tough for gov­ern­ments

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor -

IT is the in­abil­ity of gov­ern­ments to be cost-ef­fec­tive that proves to be a stum­bling block, how­ever sin­cere their in­ten­tions may be.

Sub­se­quently, bud­gets have a ten­dency to show any cracks in mon­e­tary poli­cies as they at­tempt to be all em­brac­ing to all peo­ple.

The new $26 mil­lion bridge over the Col­lie River at Ea­ton is a case in point as it nears com­ple­tion. Whether it is, as some sus­pect, over bud­get is im­ma­te­rial be­cause the progress an­nounce­ment came the same week as the $32 mil­lion al­lo­cated for Bun­bury’s HST (high speed train). A laugh­able pro­jec­tion.

As a con­se­quence one can only con­clude bud­getary mat­ters are be­yond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of State Gov­ern­ments. The sys­tem should be re­aligned to a State-owned cor­po­ra­tion with the ap­pro­pri­ate safe­guards against cor­rup­tion. WA has proven time and again it’s far too big to be con­trolled fi­nan­cially by a State Gov­ern­ment with a com­mit­tee or two chucked in for good mea­sure. John Bain, South Bun­bury

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