Where does the myth that the Liberals are better economy managers come from?
Is is just something that they repeat endlessly during election campaigns until you stop questioning it? Much like the 2007 slogan “interest rates will always be lower under a Liberal Government” (and interest rates have been lower under the Gillard and Rudd governments that they ever were during Howard’s reign).
In fact, the highest interest rates in recent Australian history was 1982 under the Fraser government when John Howard was treasurer – a whopping 21.4%.
Or do people believe the myth that the Liberals are better economic managers because the Liberals tend to not spend money on important infrastructure, or training. They let the country fall apart and have to rely on importing skilled migrants – and even hair dresses qualified for skilled migration during the Howard years because there were not enough people in training.
In 11 years of Liberal National Government there was no equivalent of the National Broadband (NBN) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), all we got was a selling-off the farm and the “family silver”. Privatising profit and socialising loss, as the taxpayer had to bail out private company after private company, from the Ansett levy to John Howard’s own brother, whose economic failures were smothered by taxpayer money.
Perhaps the myth of Liberal economic credentials come from post-election budgets, when newly installed Liberals state governments say the reason they have to slash jobs and services is because of “Labor mismanagement”. (Hello “Cant” Newman who simultaneously needs to sack thousands of public servants, cut back on essential services, cannot afford a NDIS, literacy programmes or breast cancer screenings – but can afford $100 million for a horse racing facility.)
So instead of relying on “feel good myths” and electioneering propaganda slogans, how about we look at a graph, and see for ourselves, just how good things are in this country.
And remember, Kevin Rudd and the ALP formed government in 2007 after kicking out the Howard government.
Australia is not Spain, we are not Greece, we do not have unemployment like the USA, .
So, what exactly has Wayne Swan done to our economy? He and the ALP have managed it beautifully.