16 Apr 2019
LNP government's heroic estimates. This gives another meaning to "Dream time"
Also on some truly heroic estimates — over the next four years, for instance, the Government predicts it will save $28 billion on parameter variations?, which essentially means it will pay $28 billion less on stuff like welfare than earlier expected.
One specific clue to this calculation is provided in the document's largest single cut: $2 billion saved by redesigning the way income support recipients report their income. From July 1 next year, recipients will report income in real time, rather than estimating it and being overpaid and then chased for repayment.
The argument will be that it's money that should never have been theirs. But either way, it's less money in the pockets of welfare recipients.
In this environment of global unpredictability we now inhabit, the very idea of forecasting four to ten years into the future feels bizarre.
Frightening step towards a police state and we we are blindly letting it happen in the name of security.
The book is by veteran journalist Brian Toohey, and reflects his half century of writing about defence and national security issues. To...