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July 24, 2008

It is a fair judgement to say that the state Labor Governments have been poor long-term planners on major issues such as water, energy and transport.They have been slow in coming to grips with these issues and they have only made a few hesitant steps in addressing the way these issues have been impacted by climate change. If they have plans there there is little by way of outcome, as they are more concerned with governance as administration than the required structural reform.

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It is mostly business as usual with lots of spin about how great they are in being on top of issues. Meanwhile public transport cannot cope with the extra numbers as people leave their cars behind to get to work; water shortages for critical human needs become ever closer.

The reason?

The long years, beholden to, and obsessed with neo-liberal economics budget surpluses, cost cutting of public services (health and education) no infrastructure investment because that meant debt, and hiding behind the nostrums of the global market.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:34 PM | | Comments (6)
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Australian politics has a long history of managerial executives. The idealists have been few and far between; and those that did get power, like Whitlam, left a turbulent history. Both the bunyip aristocracy and the democratic multitude prefer the mundane nature of the administerialists it seems. Probably not a bad thing in the long run however it is becoming obvious there are limits to that approach.

Cam,
administration is keeping the machine ticking over. The machine is the capitalist economy, which is historically understood by those who model economics on classical physics to function like a clockwork mechanism. The problem for the politicians as executives/managers is that the machine is in need of an overhaul and some reconditioning due to the market's externalities getting out of hand and destroying the ecological underpinnings the machine depends on to run.

So yes, there are definite limits to governance as keeping the machine ticking over to produce more wealth.The states are only dimly aware of this.

It's just as well in a way, when you think of mad schemes for inland seas and shadecloth over the Barrier Reef. It's proven equally stupid to opt for inaction.

Lyn,
shadecloth over the Great Barrier Reef? Sounds like an idea from a corrupt National politician from Queensland doing a bit of product endorsement for his financial backers.

Nan,
It was actually the Federal Tourism Minister at the time, Fran Bailey, who suggested that shade cloth would protect the reef from sun bleaching. It would have been more practical to pay boatloads of tourists to throw hot chips in the air to keep a thick flock of seagulls hovering overhead.

Yep, a mixture of dogmatic adherence to the abstract 'let it be' system which is economic 'rationalism' coupled with a fanaticism for aggressive immigration policies to boost the size of the economy = structural infrastructure problems.

The following abc news article is interesting along these lines: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/26/2286208.htm