Treasurer Joe Hockey
Treasurer Joe Hockey Lauren Reed

Opinion: Time to call in an administrator to fix mess?

TONY Abbott says it's been a good year for the government with 80% of his budget measures having passed.

The reality is that billions of dollars in savings the government argues it needs to make are nowhere near becoming reality.

It's absurd to think that a budget introduced in May is still up in the air in December.

Clearly, the government has failed to sell its budget - not only to the Australia people, but also to the crossbenchers, and even its own backbench.

But Labor, which created much of this mess through policies which have seen debt soar, has been absolutely hypocritical in trying to claim the high moral ground.

Labor created much of the economic mess this country is in and should shoulder the responsibility in helping to identify savings.

Treasurer Joe Hockey continues to maintain that there is only one plan on the table that is needed - and that his.

It's like a kid demanding a certain type of toy at Christmas and refusing to listen to well reasoning parents that alternative options may need to be considered.

If nobody is buying your budget, Mr Hockey, it's not a plan. It's a pipedream. A wish list. And unfortunately for you, Bill Shorten is in no mood to play Santa this year.

What is crystal clear, however, is there are some turbulent economic waters ahead for not only Australia but the world.
China's economy is starting to slow.

The US is printing money like it is confetti.

And we still have a Budget deficit worth about $50 billion to deal with.

The solution lies in all sides of politics showing some real leadership for the good of the nation and sorting the mess out.

Savings will need to be found.

And fundamental inefficiencies and duplications in our three levels of government must be addressed.

The latest GDP figures show that our federal, state and councils can't keep hitting up the taxpayer for more dough.

There's no money left in the kitty thanks to soaring power and water bills.

It's time for governments at all levels to tighten their belts, just as Australian households have done.

And if our pollies can't show the leadership to do it, call in an administrator and sack the lot of them.

It's also time the big end of town, those who avoid tax through clever minimisation schemes, share some of the pain that lower and middle class punters bear.

The alternative is we leave deficits for our great, great, great grandchildren to pay off.

That's hardly a responsible legacy of either the LNP or Labor.