TOUGH START: Mike Nahan managed to upset just about everyone in delivering his first, and the Barnett government’s sixth, budget.

Mixed messages cloud budgets

Liberal governments in WA and Canberra are finding few friends in light of recent budget measures.


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The Coalition is so ideology driven they failed to recognise opportunity in this budget. There is a golden opportunity to tap into the rapid and non productive share trading (speculating) with a simple 1% tax on financial transactions. Their current budget measures will not get through the senate as they are - which is probably a good thing. In retrospect, the John Howard majority in both houses was the seed that gave rise to a too radical workchoices, loss of Government and a licence for Labor to wind back workplace reform. A more moderate workchoices (wrought by a more moderate senate) may have kept the Howard Government intact, and avoided the last 7 yrs of terrible government.

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