The myth created by the Coalition as long back as I care to remember and perpetuated for many years since is nothing more or nothing less, a myth.
Of course, those of a conservative bent wont have a word of it. They simply insist that the myth has God’s word of truth attached to it.
This became apparent from the comments I received on a few debating sites that I post on (yes, I admit they are a waste of time) more often than I should.
So in the interest of finding the truth I typed the heading of this piece into Mr. Google.
Then I listed the title of each piece with the author’s name and a selected comment from the article. Most importantly, I included a link to each article. Any comments by me are in italics.
In this piece l don’t offer a view, instead l have, with the aid of Google, consulted with many experts including financial analysts, journalists, economic journalists, economists, academics and others. Their views come from both sides of the political divide and from different times in our economic history.
“Out of Liberal and Labor, the better economic manager is …“, Mark Crosby:
Australia has been fortunate to have had a well-managed economy over much of the past 40 years, and prime ministers and treasurers on both sides of politics who have been equally up to the job and responsible for our relatively good outcomes.
“Experts agree: Labor best economic managers“, Alan Austin:
THE COLD, hard facts show Australia’s economy in April 2009 was the world’s best. Observers worldwide have affirmed this. In 2016, IA quoted 14 authorities hailing Australia’s extraordinary success in managing the global financial crisis.
“The myth that the Liberals are better economic managers?“, John Menadue:
The Coalition is handicapped and hidebound by an out-dated ideology about markets and private enterprise. The tide has turned in the world that now sees the failures of the market system. The Coalition has failed to catch up. That is why we are seeing the failure of the Liberal Party in economic and business management. Its ideology has passed its use-by date.
“Labor v Liberal: who best runs the Australian economy?“, Stephen Koukoulas:
No doubt buoyed by polling that consistently shows the Liberal Party to be a better economic manager than Labor, the Coalition will go hard on the economy as it strives to turn the polls.
All this prompts the obvious question – just how valid is the claim that the Liberal Party is a superior economic manager to Labor?”
On both measures, the level of economic growth and that growth relative to the US, Labor is a better performer than the Coalition.
“Labor or Liberal … which one is the better money manager?”, Annika Boudewijn:
Most people think the Liberals are better financial managers, but Dr. Frans Mols, lecturer Political Sciences at the University of Queensland doesn’t agree.
“Labor Does Not Know How to Manage Money“, the Liberal Party:
The more Labor spends the more they tax. The more they tax the more they slow the economy down, which hurts every single Australian.
“Exploding the myth of the Coalition as a sound economic manager“, by Betty Con Walker and Bob Walker:
But what of the Coalition’s record? It has not recorded a surplus in six years and its forecast of a surplus in 2020, if it is achieved, will likely be the product of rising tax revenue and lower spending on services such as the NDIS. Its cumulative deficits so far have been $139.2 billion. So the Coalition not only failed to “repair the budget” but also recorded almost $140 billion of deficits – just $14 billion less than Labor over a similar period – but without a GFC and with tax receipts helped by strong commodity prices.
“Better economic managers? You gotta be shitting me“, by Kaye Lee:
These people [the current government] are not “good economic managers” just because they happened to be in government during a boom time decades ago when my pet rabbit could have delivered a surplus.
With record revenues in boom times, Peter Costello introduced measures which have left a very serious and damaging legacy. Continuing chronic budget deficits are very much due to Peter Costello. The Howard and Costello government wasted the buoyant revenues of the mining boom.
“Who are the better economic managers?” by Alan Austin:
This compilation should extinguish any lingering doubt about the Coalition’s incompetence in managing Australia’s economy for all. They have succeeded only in allowing big business to generate huge profits. On every other critical indicator, with the exception of annual GDP growth, they have failed to continue Labor’s gradual progress and global leadership.
It is fair to conclude that Australia has exchanged one of the best economic management teams in the world for one of the worst.
“LNP the better money manager, voters say“, by Michael McKenna:
A Newspoll of six marginal electorates last week found that voters overwhelmingly backed the economic credentials of the state opposition over the Palaszczuk government. (Queensland only).
“The myth of Coalition economic management“, by Tim Dunlop:
Let’s instead start telling the truth about how bad they actually are, and let’s begin by not passively accepting “truisms” that long ago ceased to be true. Let’s actively challenge this damaging, childish myth about the Coalition’s superior economic credentials.
“Liberals are not better economic managers“, by Josh Gordon:
Far from handling a finely tuned racecar, managing the state economy is more like driving a delivery truck. It is mostly about a decent mix of capital and recurrent spending commitments without too many financial cock-ups along the way. (Refers to the Victorian economy).
“ALP best manager of money, history shows“, by George Megalogenis:
Mr Swan has struggled to sell Labor’s achievements, despite Australia being the only rich nation still standing after the GFC.
“The Morrison election: What we know now“, by Richard Dennis.
In the six years after then opposition leader Tony Abbott declared we had a “budget emergency”, the Coalition handed down six budget deficits that added a combined $201 billion to our public debt. But no one other than Labor seemed to notice. After decades of allegedly neoliberal politicians telling low-income earners about the need to tighten their belts, the election campaign saw the Coalition announce an orgy of debt-funded tax cuts. And it won. Labor was punished for its conservatism, not its class war.
Dennis’s article, by the way, is the best post mortem on the election I have read to date.
“Who is Better at Managing the Australian Economy: Labor or the Coalition?”, by P.N. (Raja) Junankar
These results confirm that a different counterfactual gives a different result.
Earlier in this paper we mentioned that because the ALP Government came into office in the middle of a recession and had to cope with another global recession in the early nineties, managing the economy was, for it, a much more difficult task. The Coalition Government came into power when the economy was growing rapidly and also benefited from all the structural changes introduced by the ALP (e.g. trade liberalisation, increased expenditure on education, deregulation of the economy and so on). Hence, if the growth rate under the Coalition has been higher than under the ALP, this does not mean that Coalition policies are responsible.
“Do you think the myth liberals are better economic managers will ever die”, by Tigharcebogan (no link):
Frankly as an economistic just sick of seeing this touted about constantly.
One just has to look at the debt being 157 billion when labor lost office, to 654 billion it’s at now to know it’s simply not true.
Gross under spending on infrastructure.
Quarterly growth IA constantly below expectations a housing debt bubble but this is not really the governments issue other than not enough regulation by Government at the time. Labor has shown it was much more fiscally responsible in activating needed policy instead of pork barrels.
So having hit page 4 on Google’s search engine there is nothing more on this subject. My search has reached its inevitable conclusion. However, if the reader should care to hit the links on this subject I’m sure there is a wealth of information to be devoured.
To all my friends on the debating sites who so readily criticise me on this subject, I have provided you with all you need to further your enlightenment. Bless you one and all.
My thought for the day
I always used to say to my kids. Think beyond the answer. There’s sure to be another one lurking there somewhere.
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