The federal government has a lot of explaining to do, at least to the nation's media ...
has welcomed the commission's recommendations, though its writers differed in how much blame for Australia's "long road to ruin" went to Abbott. Dennis Shanahan had
some unusual criticism, saying Abbott couldn't entirely blame Labor for the mess.
The Australian Financial Review
- Paul Kelly: "While the Commission of Audit report has a truckload of politically untenable ideas, it reveals the direction in welfare eligibility, health and education that is essential to restore a robust budget surplus over a decade."
- Dennis Shanahan: "The Commission of Audit has identified all of Abbott's problems but has offered few practical or realistic solutions."
- Judith Sloan: "The hard part starts now -- to have the political courage to implement the recommendations to put the budget on a stable footing for the future."
- Editorial: "... As the Commission of Audit has stunningly documented, we are on the long road to ruin."
didn't go hard on opinion -- it mostly laid out the facts. Jennifer Hewitt
and Laura Tingle
commented on the politics. Readers had to go nine pages in to be told whether the audit was good or bad.
- Alan Mitchell: "Australia is not in the grip of a full-blown fiscal crisis, as the ... audit numbers clearly show." But we still have to raise taxes on the middle classes, or cut services. The pain must be shared, as "anyone who thinks the answer is to tax only the rich is dreaming".
- Editorial: "Its mostly sensible approach would make it more likely that this Australian compact can be sustained by requiring more of those who can help themselves to do so and getting rid of much wasteful government and bureaucracy ..."