Think about it for a moment, politicians always promise to DO something about some particular issue or cause.
Almost always their promise elicits massive taxpayer spending, a few committees and then a solution that suits no one.
Perhaps we could have a party that promises to do nothing, or at the very least, less than the others.
The in-built urge for state politicians to do something â€” about anything â€” is strong. Respected British political journalist Andrew Neil theorised during his visit to Australia in April that the popularity of the powerless royals is a form of anti-politics, because Australians are over-governed, and the thought of another layer of politicians is too much to bear. Because they deliver services, states have become synonymous with action, and state governments see stepping backwards as an existential threat.
The Liberal Party has had 11 of its MPs resign, step down, or move to the crossbench this year due to ICAC investigations, yet it still seems implausible the NSW government will lose the next election.
Winston Churchill noted in 1949 that if you make 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. If it wants to be fitting of the Liberal name, and distinguishable from the chaos and corruption scandals of Ârecent times, it should reduce the size and scope of state government. Â Read more »