Jun 14, 2012

Sydney v Brisbane: why the real economic focus was NSW

Australia's medium-term economic future looks a lot more like NSW than the economic forum in Brisbane.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

While the nation’s economic focus this week was on Brisbane, it was hard to avoid the impression that Sydney was the place to look if you wanted a glimpse of Australia’s economic future.

One of the issues raised before the government’s economic forum was whether the government would be using it to have a dialogue to attendees or simply spruik its economic message to them. It seemed, however, everyone was too busy reciting their talking points to listen to anyone. Productivity, intoned Glenn Stevens. Productivity and corporate tax cuts, said business. Corporate tax cut is back on, said the Prime Minister. No net corporate tax cut, said unions.

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