Budgeting too tough for governments
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