Labor is already using up political capital as Ben Wyatt prepares to deliver his first budget, in September. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Honeymoon’s over for Labor

The unveiling of the latest increases in household fees and charges and the cutting of concessions for thousands of seniors cardholders marks the official end of the Labor government’s honeymoon period. From now on, it’s a hard slog.

Naturally, Treasurer Ben Wyatt blamed the severity of the imposts on the financial mess left to him by Liberal-Nationals alliance; that kind of reaction is par for the course when a new government gets its hands on the financial levers.

But the measures take a big bite – $438 a year – into the budgets of the average household, and it must be asked whether the extra revenue that results will be worth the political pain.


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Or not. After all, Colin Barnett squandered a once-in-a-generation windfall. Mr Kennedy might write that the current government can only point the finger at Mr Barnett for so long, but until the financial woes of the state are resolved it will always come down to the previous government and its profligate spending, with no thought to the future welfare of the people it was elected to represent.

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