Henceforth it gets a whole lot harder, addressing the issues conveniently overlooked by all parties during the election campaign, not just looming problems with Hydro Tasmania, Forestry Tasmania and TT Line but the overwhelmingly crucial matter of government budgetary sustainability without a fallback position on the horizon.
The incoming Treasurer needs another approach.
Toss the superficial plan for a brighter future in the bin and start again.
It might have won them an election but it won’t solve any problems.
In fact it might make matters worse by giving them a deluded view that winning an election gives the plan a credible imprimatur.
• Christine Milne: The industry knows there will be no market; we know there will be no market … If you want to know where the Abbott government is going, just ask the IPA. They are taking their instructions from Gina Rinehart, Rupert Murdoch and everyone over at the IPA. Western Australia’s new Treasurer was the director of the IPA from 2005 through to 2012. The IPA agenda is to privatise, ignore the environment, undermine any social justice or nets to help people, and maximise the profits of the few.