Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
Dateline: Australia, Federal Budget, May 2015.
Last night on the ABC's RN Drive, John Hewson was asked what he would do with this year's budget.
He made more sense in 1 minute than the Prime Minister, Treasurer and the rest of the Government have made in 1 year:
"You've got to step back and take a longer term view. A lot of these issues are very significant structural challenges."
"Aim to double national productivity by 2025; then go through the various areas of policy, one of which is the Budget, the others are tax, education, training, industrial relations, science and technology, and pull these various strands together such that realistically we could hope to double national productivity - then you'll get your jobs and you'll be able to restore growth."
Perhaps the Government should "get out there and have a go" at that.