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IN FOR A POUND: In 2010, Colin Barnett said he wanted to keep debt under $20 billion; it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Counting the cost of Barnett’s binge

The Barnett years will be remembered for many things, but economic responsibility is not among them.

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Peppermint Grove Beach
I rarely have anything good to say about our past treasurer Troy Buswell but I've been advised unofficially that he argued against some of Colin Barnett's spending initiatives in cabinet but was ignored or overruled by the Premier. If true, it shows that the Premier rather than his treasurers may be held responsible for the unacceptable blow-out in state debt.

Perth
More strength to Mr Barnetts arm. As a student of economics look outside the apparent reports and comment on the borrowing; without the State Goverment spending, consider where our unemployment would be. I suggest without that component taking over from the collapsed mining construction sector, our State would be in a deep recession, and would have been since around 2009 / 10. From where I sit the anticipation of the industry collapse has been either superb management or an almost impossible fluke of judgement. I can't agree a lot of their policies, but in this, well done.

Mosman Park
Regardless of your anti Barnett sentiments in the above article & his handling of our economy I firmly believe he is going down the right path with the Elizabeth quay development. At first I thought that it was not a good idea & a waste of money but after a recent trip to Brisbane I have changed my mind completely. We are 20 years behind Brisbane on river / tourist development. All we have is a piddly little bell tower. Oh dear. Barnetts plan to create something to attract tourists is "spot on the money" if Moody's drop our credit rating then too bad. Go & have a look at what's been done in Brisbane & then decide if Colin Barnett is wasting money. I can assure you that if it all goes to plan we will all be very happy that he stuck his head out & had a go.

Mt Lawley
But, like most Barnett vanities, Elizabeth Quay isn't going to plan. Chevron has got 2-year deferral and is likely to back out completely. Rio Tinto re-signed lease at Central Park rather than move to EQ. MRA CeO admits EQ will be a building site for up to 20 years. Even when (or should that be if) it's completed, public spaces will largely be exposed concrete heat bank, with tall buildings forming a wind tunnel when the sea breeze whips in and the inlet stinking of algae (unless something effective is done to improve the health of the Swan River.

Parkerville
I'm with you Ian ... Fiona Stanley Hospital - barely operational Serco. Need I say more? My other half was involved in a workplace accident last Wednesday, rushed in by ambulance. Fell onto his back and hit his head, hard enough to smash his hard hat. I knew he'd be in there for a week, at least. Released the following morning. Remains in excruciating pain. Roe 8 - commits to half the job, which should never have been commenced in the first instance. Fremantle Port - to spend $23m on how to sell it to an overseas buyer, probably Chinese Shark Cull - spends millions to shoot every other shark species except the actual target His arrogance and stupidity is impressive.

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