On 24 September 2020 the PM and his Cabinet and backbenchers, and others, received an exposure draft - in protected copyright (c) mode - of "Border Wars - Medicine, Management & Confusion".
This repeated the ambush the PM received before he abandoned tourism stimulus on 23 July. Both are consequences of his refusal to face policy, budgeting and ethical realities. Both reflect the cost of missed opportunities, what economists call "opportunity costs" and what I call a disgrace.
As the new document is "A guide to National, state & local governments in achieving ~ Health & Economic Continuity ~ under Novel Coronavirus", will he again deny the National Interest and further harm Australia's future?
Here is a summary "theme":
The booklet outlines solutions for better application of technology and “planning”, as well as:
There is much to learn! The booklet describes ways of better handling broad and spatial health and economic systems so that risks and interruptions are minimised. The model will be known as the “Murray/Gibbons Template”.
Local communities will make “local solutions to local problems” an accepted mantra.
It provides guidelines for improving fairness and intergenerational equity.
The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments could not have done a worse job of industry and community revival if they'd hired professionals to help them.
NOVID-19 is an extraordinary challenge but the "emergency response" gene is lacking in the troop of Tin Soldiers who dominate the inner workings of the Canberra Bubble.
This document is a professional economic, political science and economic history of WHAT WENT WRONG.
It does not dispute medical nor strategic political decisions. It works within the decision to go the Morrison way, and to provide a better set of tools than Morrison has.
My extant work was fully consistent with the OECD's prescriptions when they were published. Treasurer Frydenberg welcomed them but did not understand that they had provided a template which the Morrison actions could be evaluated within.
Josh got a D-. That is not harsh compared with the magnitude of community and business damage, the cruelty of treatment meted out to many business and community groups, and the idiocy of arrangements and incompetence built into the Morrison mechanisms.
It is mind blowing to recall that the PM cancelled the entire Tourism, education, climate remediation and SME stimulus streams so as to protect his ego. That and other sad tales are laid out in this unfortunate last effort to get the PM to listen.
He now has no choice but to repair under the Charter of Budget Honesty, OECD's and the Australian Climate Roundtable recommendations, and my professional empiricism and analyses. The benefits to our country would be immense.
These are heartfelt as documented on this and related websites:
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So much has been squeezed into seven months of mayhem, February to 1 September. Right now, the PM and his Treasurer are screaming at the Victorian Premier, in a breakdown (reversal) that degrades national cohesion and the Coalition’s own “brand”. This is psychotic behaviour shared by NSW politicians. The extant fusion between the NSW Premier and the PM as NSW compatriots is being exposed as a nation-wrecker.
The primary beneficiaries are corporate vested interests, invested journalists and buddy wealthy individuals who comprise the “Class A” citizenry about whom Roy and HG talk so wisely.
The people who matter least are the general citizenry of the country (especially those soon-to-be born) and the subsets living outside NSW and working in local government, education, universities, environmental improvement, public ethics and fiscal probity, and plebeian small and medium businesses.