Barry O’Farrells’ first election commitment is now on record: $300 million in tax cuts for licensed clubs.
The coalition goverment is clearly not going to be one of slashing economic reform. Not required anyway, given the State’s AAA rating and record of very sound economic management.
The privatisations (coal mining, TAB, rail freight – in my time; lotteries – after me) have already occurred; with privatisation of power and waste services under way now.
Apart from privatisation of the management of ferries – a boutique affair – there does not appear to be much left.
O’Farrell will govern from the centre like Askin. Without the graft.
Given his position in the polls the concession to clubs is entirely unnecessary and will cost the budget. More lavish club foyers and subsidised alcohol to appease the egos of boards and managers; less money for a hospital re-build somewhere in the state on a clutch of rebuilt schools. Remember a high school is $13 million a shot these days.