MB Radio: The delusional election

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With less than 3 weeks before the LNP coalition returns power in what looks increasingly like it may be an election landslide, Gunnamatta spoke with David Llewellyn Smith and Leith Van Onselen about the way economic issues have played out in the campaign, the economic backdrop, and the increasing disconnect between the economic outlook and the policy positions of both sides of Australian politics.

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  1. Abbotts parental leave just can’t last, I fail to see any PM after him keep it.

    Stay-at-home mum’s get nothing while women more than capable of paying for a child get a $75,000 cheque from the taxpayer.

    And like every form of welfare it is wide open to rorting, new mothers working for cash while getting the government payout, collusion between business owners and pregnant employees. When you put that much cash on the table it provides an incentive to rort.

    • I reckon we are with it for this term, and assuming the Libs will get two terms I would say they may make changes to it next time around but that it will remain in some form or another.

      I thought the discussion interesting for floating the idea that the last twenty or so years of economic policy and discussion in Australia has been an aberration with its focus on competitiveness.

      • I reckon he’ll offer business a nice work choices style square up policy, allowing them to bone women (and men) at their discretion. This will in effect limit the numbers who can access the scheme. The only winners will be the unfair dismissal lawyers, assuming a legal avenue will still exist to challenge.

        Having worked in Government for some time, there are many ‘workplace friendly’ schemes available e.g. 48/52, work from home, job sharing, LWOP etc etc. The number of people I’ve seen gain approval to work these is minimal. Even flexi time in some departments is frowned upon. In short, the Government is full of lip service and struggles to show any leadership in this area. How it expects the rest of the economy to implement them I have no idea, especially when the costs involved in PPL are massive.

  2. “Stay-at-home mum’s get nothing while women more than capable of paying for a child get a $75,000 cheque from the taxpayer.”

    I believe this was Howard’s objection to the scheme.

  3. I like that reference to the grey beards pointing out that pandering to vested interests has been standard practice for much of federation.

    Any chance of coaxing those grey beards out of their arm chairs to articulate that understanding in greater depth.

    I suspect they would make ripper episodes of MacroBusiness Radio.

    In the same vein I am sure that a few of the reformers from the Hawke Keating era could offer some advice on how to re-activate economic reform as the real ALP light on the hill.

    Keep up the good work by the way.

    Are these floating around as iTunes podcasts yet?

  4. ‘I like that reference to the grey beards pointing out that pandering to vested interests has been standard practice for much of federation.

    Any chance of coaxing those grey beards out of their arm chairs to articulate that understanding in greater depth.

    I suspect they would make ripper episodes of MacroBusiness Radio.’

    I must confess I think an Australian economic history session may be in order. As HnH was saying that yesterday I found my thoughts drifting to one Alf Rattigan and a couple of mid 60s reports on the impact of tariffs and protection.

    I dont know how to make them iTunes podcasts specifically. But they are all at this page http://feeds.feedburner.com/MacrobusinessPodcasts