Sep 13, 2005

Craig Emerson is on the warpath

Not to be missed in this morning's Australian is an op-ed piece by Labor MP Crai

Not to be missed in this morning’s Australian is an op-ed piece by Labor MP Craig Emerson under the arresting title “John Howard is a socialist.” The headline may be a sub-editor’s work, but the article lives up to its promise. Emerson pulls no punches: “Only John Howard could deliver the socialist dream: a welfare state that supplies more than 14 per cent of household disposable income, up from 9 per cent at the end of the Hawke government.”

That’s enough to give pause to any remaining left-wingers in the Labor Party, but there’s more. “Howard’s tax-and-spend welfare state explains why taxpayers on average weekly earnings pay the same percentage of their earnings in income tax as in the last year of the Labor government but also pay a 10per cent GST on top.” And he says that “Howard’s Liberals can no longer tell the difference between taxing and spending,” citing with approval the Centre for Independent Studies in support.

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