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Beyond the Queensland budget : Comments

By Ross Elliott, published 19/9/2012

Governments either raises taxes or cuts costs, this budget did both.

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Oh dear Ross, something huge is missing from this article. It seems to be the same with all your articles.

There is not a thought for the continuously rapidly unendingly growing population in Queensland.

This is enormously relevant in a couple of huge ways:

Firstly, it creates an ever-greater demand for all goods and services. So it is not just a matter of the government cutting costs or increasing taxes or a bit of both, it should be a matter of the government striving to stabilise the demand.

Even if it was quite successful in increasing tax revenue from the private sector and cutting costs, and reducing green tape, it would still be struggling to meet the basic demands of ever-more people as the first priority and battling to find the wherewithal to improve infrastruture and services for the existing population as a lesser priority.

Ross, if you are really interested in seeing the Qld budget get back on track, and provide real improvements to infrastructure, services and the general quality of life for Queenslanders, then you cannot ignore or just brush past this enormous factor.

But then my guess is that you are quite happy with Queensland’s population growth, despite the very obvious problems with it especially in the southeast Queensland corner, as it feeds your industry of real estate and property development.

Secondly, it directly affects the level of ‘green tape’. As more and more people move in to already population-stressed areas, the amount of regulation and the number restrictions will obviously increase.

You are strongly against the level of regulation, but you are presumably strongly in favour of the main causal factor of this - rapid population growth - just continuing on as normal, if not increasing considerably. This doesn’t add up at all.

In short, the analysis that you have undertaken in this article is terribly unbalanced in that there is no mention of the population growth factor.
Posted by Ludwig, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 7:46:05 AM
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