What matters is not the fancy spin and the slick marketing that we here in scripted speeches from the treasurer. What really matters is the job insecurity and underemployment and stagnant wages that we have seen from this government for eight long years now.
This is the same guy who printed the ‘back in black’ mugs. These are the same people who said that debt, when it was $200bn, was a disaster but now that it is north of $1tn it is manageable and prudent and sensible.
Of course, now is not the time for austerity. That has been clear to the rest of us for some time. It is remarkable that the treasurer has not locked austerity on the head before now …
All this speech does is push budget nasties from this side of the election to the other side of the election. There will still be deep and damaging cuts to the budget from this Coalition government, but the Australian people will not know what they are until we get through the election, and that is a risk to people who do not know where those cuts will be coming from.